The skies over Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken will have 55 percent cloud cover about 2 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. Edgefield will have only slightly less, at 53 percent.
That won’t necessarily ruin your view of the eclipse, depending on where you are while watching, but could get in the way sometime between start and finish.
“Toward noon I would expect to see typical early afternoon cumulus starting to form,” said Meterologist Chris Liscinsky of the NWS in Columbia. “Overall, sky coverage will be at 55 percent right around 2 p.m.”
There will be more cloud cover to the southeast of the Augusta area, he said.
In Augusta, the eclipse will start at 1:11 p.m. and end about 4:06 p.m. Augusta and North Augusta are just outside the zone of totality, but will see 99 percent coverage of the sun. Aiken and Edgefield will be in totality for about two minutes.
At peak eclipse viewing time, temperatures will be in the lower 90s, but heat index values will be in the upper 90s, Liscinsky said. Guests might need to told about how to beat the heat.
“Most people from the South are used to it, but anybody coming in from out-of-town or overseas might not be, Liscinsky said. “They need to be reminded to stay hydrated.”
And while you’re issuing that warning, make sure to tell everyone to protect their eyes with approved eclipse glasses.
“And don’t take them off at any time,” Liscinsky said.