August 21st, 2017 by

If you’re hoping to stare up into the heavens today for the solar eclipse you might just see a lot of clouds (and midday darkness, of course).

The National Weather Service predicts a 57.3 percent chance of the eclipse being viewable in Daytona Beach.

Chances of rain increase the farther north you go in the Volusia-Flagler area today, with a 20 percent chance of morning showers in northwest Volusia County before noon, forecasters say. In Flagler County there’s a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in Flagler County before 10 a.m., then isolated showers between 10 a.m. and isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

In Flagler County there’s a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in Flagler County before 10 a.m., then isolated showers between 10 a.m. and isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

The rest of the day and evening will be partly cloudy, forecasters said. Highs are expected to reach near 88.

The eclipse will begin at 1:20 p.m. and will last until just after 4 p.m., with the maximum coverage occurring around 2:50 p.m.

If you hit the beach to watch the sun, be careful in the water.

“Easterly winds freshening to 10 to 15 mph will increase breaking waves in the surf zone,” said Randy Lascody with the National Weather Service in Melbourne. “This, along with a new moon today, will lead to a moderate rip current risk.

“Only swim in the ocean near a lifeguard,” Lascody said.