First Alert Forecast: Cloudy skies on Monday for eclipse day

22 August, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Ora Austin
  • The National Weather Service predicts “poor” to “OK” viewing conditions of the solar eclipse in Topeka

The National Weather Service said Monday that the region's eclipse-viewing time is likely to be limited by clouds and storms. "I'd say there's a nine out of 10 chance it'll be clear enough".

The National Weather Service said that California was mostly cloudy Monday morning, but a hovering marine layer should thin out by the time the eclipse reaches its peak.

If the weather gets in the way of your eclipse viewing, News 5 has your back. Thicker clouds can bring some spotty showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Big thunderstorms are firing up to our west and high clouds have will blow off the storms and filter our afternoon sunshine. The extent of the clouds and storms should increase as the heat of the day builds, which could start happening by the 2 p.m. hour when the eclipse is peaking.

Good viewing is expected for the early afternoon along the path of totality from southeast Missouri and southern IL into western Kentucky and most of Tennessee, AccuWeather said.

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And before you buy or use eclipse glasses, make sure they are ISO 12312-2 certified.

For more on the solar eclipse, see story. Temperatures will climb from the 60s around 7 AM to the upper 70s and lower 80s at noon. It is going to be a hot one, with temperatures in the low to mid-90s, so I would setup near a shaded area and pack a few extra bottles of water.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change; there will be some risk of scattered showers and storms daily with partly sunny days and mostly fair nights.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The forecast calls for the head index to approach 100 degrees this afternoon. By 3:56 p.m., the eclipse is expected to be over.

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