Monday's First Warning Forecast: A nice view of the Solar Eclipse

Aug 22, 2017, 00:46
Monday's First Warning Forecast: A nice view of the Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse day has arrived!

The National Weather Service's morning forecast discussion released just before 6 a.m says the chances of an overcast day now appear to be almost gone. But it may not all be doom and gloom for those with their glasses at the ready, hoping to catch the first total solar eclipse in the almost 40 years. We're waking up to sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Finally, South Carolina may offer some of the worst viewing weather, especially near the coast, where mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast. We already have storms SW of the STL metro right now, and we have storm chances scattered over the next few days.

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For Tuesday, drier air makes its way across central Florida, bringing rain chances down to 30 percent with a chance of an isolated shower or storm.

Naturally, this is regarding the much-anticipated solar eclipse.

Thunderstorms could move in during the afternoon, but the area can expect a nice rest of the week.

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The only rain chances this week will come Wednesday afternoon until very early Thursday morning. The Eclipse will begin at 11:50 AM and end at 2:51 PM with the best view occurring at 1:22 PM. A few strong storms with gusty winds will be possible. Highs are going to be in the upper-80s to near 90. Still, these spots have much more clear sky than clouds today. By mid-to-late week, rain chances may increase a bit as a cold front approaches the area.

Scattered thunderstorms were also expected thanks to a formation of a sea breeze about one-and-a-half hours ahead of eclipse totality, according to the National Weather Service.

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