Monday's Solar Eclipse Forecast!

A cloud cover is in the forecast for most of the region on Monday, Aug. 21, when there will be a solar eclipse.

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. For the afternoon, most areas will see a mix of sun and clouds.

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The first total solar eclipse to be visible over almost all of North America in almost a century happens today.

Thursday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 86 and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Showers and storms are likely throughout the day. We'll warm into the mid 90's with a twenty percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the evening hours.

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Naturally, this is regarding the much-anticipated solar eclipse. Some showers and storms will be scattered along the front, some with potentially gusty winds. In other words, we'll be able to give the A/C units a break at night - with some of that comfy sleeping weather expected for the rest of the week. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. We may even have a few stars visible during the peak of the eclipse at 1:31 p.m. Thicker clouds can bring some spotty showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Recent computer models paint more and more cloud cover over our neck of the woods - especially by this afternoon. A line of storms will accompany a cold front in the Midwest and Ohio Valley but may not make it to the D.C. area before the day is through. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Newberry is shaping up to be the best Midlands town to have the least chances of cloud cover, with a 47 percent, according to the briefing.

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