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Eclipse forecast for Monday afternoon has good and bad news

Will your eclipse party be sunny or cloudy? Both are possible.
Will your eclipse party be sunny or cloudy? Both are possible. deulitt@kcstar.com

The good news is, it won’t rain today. The bad news is, there’s a chance a cloud will pass at just the moment you expect to see the eclipse this afternoon.

Partly cloudy is what forecasters are predicting in western South Carolina, which is where many people are heading for optimum views of the solar eclipse.

The eclipse will reach totality in far western North and South Carolina just after 2:30 p.m. Charlotte will see a partial eclipse for nearly three hours, starting at 1:12 p.m. and peaking at 2:41 p.m. Most places in North Carolina will see a partial eclipse of 90 percent totality or more.

No matter where you go, it will be hot, with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. Take water.

Discovery Place is selling their last shipment of 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses at noon on Thursday. Video by John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer

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