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What are the chances of viewing the eclipse in Columbia? Here’s the weather update

Here's what the solar eclipse will look like as it crosses SC

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of South Carolina. Here's an animation of what the sun will look like as it crosses the state — even in the places that do not sit in the path of totality.
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On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of South Carolina. Here's an animation of what the sun will look like as it crosses the state — even in the places that do not sit in the path of totality.

Conditions to view the eclipse on Monday in the Columbia area remain between the good and fair range, according to the latest update Saturday by forecasters.

Monday’s weather will be sunny in the morning, but will become partly cloudy as the day goes on, according to the National Weather Service.

Columbia has a 53 percent chance of cloud cover at 2 p.m. There’s a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain.

Because of the clouds expected to develop in the early afternoon, confidence of having a better view of the eclipse is higher north and west of Columbia.

In Newberry, for example, the eclipse viewing potential is closer to good on a scale that ranges between excellent and poor. For Orangeburg and Augusta, the chances are in the fair range.

The likelihood of clearer skies is greater in the Upstate, according to the latest “sky cover forecast” released Saturday by the Weather Service.

Greenville is forecast to have mostly sunny conditions, with a high near 92. In Charleston, there’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. Skies are forecast to be partly sunny otherwise, with a high near 89.

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