Great American Eclipse: Will clouds or rain hamper eclipse viewing?

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:18 AM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:44 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at what to expect today outside for the eclipse.

Today is the Great American Eclipse, and all eyes are on the forecast. 

The biggest question is: Will we be able to see the solar eclipse?

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The setup for today is painting a hot and muggy picture. Temperatures during the eclipse time, from 1 until 1 p.m., will climb from the mid-80s to the upper 80s. The humidity will take our heat index index or “feels like” temperatures into the low to mid 90s. 

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Daytime clouds are expected in the afternoon. Some high clouds, if thin enough, won’t cause problems and the lower clouds that develop today should stay isolated enough.

There is the threat near the end of the eclipse for a pop up shower or storm, but any activity should be hit or miss. Even if we do see a few showers develop, there will still be a chance to see the eclipse at times Monday afternoon.

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If you are planning on being outside Monday afternoon, it's important to stay cool, hydrated and wear sunscreen as the UV index will be high.