UPDATE

AZ skies looking good for Monday's solar eclipse!

Posted: Updated:
Solar Eclipse Solar Eclipse
(3TV/CBS 5) -

As excitement builds toward Monday’s total solar eclipse, we’re getting a better idea of just how much Mother Nature will cooperate for sky watchers. After all, if you can’t see the sun, you can’t see the eclipse.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Total Solar Eclipse 2017]

Here in Arizona, we’re only going to see a partial solar eclipse. Still, with about 60-70 percent of the sun being blocked by the moon, most people will be heading out to see this rare event.  We’re still several days away from the eclipse, and the forecast will be more accurate the closer we get to the big day.

The updated forecast for Monday is showing a distinct lack of clouds on Monday around the Valley. And even in the mountains, where there’s a chance for afternoon storms, that’s the key: afternoon storms.

Since the eclipse occurs Monday late morning, we really expect that in most areas of Arizona, you’ll have a really good view of the eclipse. This update is from Thursday afternoon and forecasts do change. So keep tuned to 3TV, CBS 5 and azfamily.com for the very latest eclipse forecast.

MOBILE/APP USERS:  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE IMAGE OF THE PERCENTAGE OF THE SUN THAT WILL BE ECLIPSED IN ARIZONA

In Phoenix, the eclipse is set to start at 9:13 a.m. on Monday, with the maximum eclipse happening at 10:33, and ending around noon.

Again, the closer we get to Monday, the more we’ll know about the forecast for that morning. 

At this point, the forecast for other parts of the country looks great for eclipse watchers in the Northwest, but the Southeast could be in for clouds with a decent chance of rain, too. 

How about the forecast DURING the eclipse?  In the path of totality, temperatures could drop off a bit more than they will in Arizona since we’ll only see a partial eclipse. During the total eclipse in 2001 in Zambia, the temperature dropped 15 degrees!  

MOBILE/APP USERS:  CLICK HERE TO SEE NASA'S IMAGE OF THE TEMPERATURE DROP DURING THE 2001 ECLIPSE

We likely won’t see anything that dramatic here in the Valley. 

Typically, we’re in the low 90s during the mid-morning hours. On eclipse day, temperatures may stop climbing for a bit until after the eclipse is over around noon.  Then we’ll quickly start climbing toward the triple digits we expect to see that afternoon. It’s possible we could even drop off a few degrees during the eclipse, but it isn’t likely to be a significant drop.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Weather blogs]

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Weather BlogMore>>

  • This Arizona spot sees more freezing nights than Flagstaff

    This Arizona spot sees more freezing nights than Flagstaff

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:38 PM EDT2017-09-21 23:38:37 GMT

    There is one place in particular that sees quite a few nights with overnight lows below freezing, 241 to be exact!  Bellemont, just outside of Flagstaff, sees more freezing nights than cities in Alaska and Minnesota. 

    More >

    There is one place in particular that sees quite a few nights with overnight lows below freezing, 241 to be exact!  Bellemont, just outside of Flagstaff, sees more freezing nights than cities in Alaska and Minnesota. 

    More >
  • Fall colors about to arrive in Arizona

    Fall colors about to arrive in Arizona

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:05 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:05:44 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    We may have to wait a little longer for fall to arrive in Arizona, but when it does, it's AMAZING. And that includes the fall colors. Yes, even in Arizona we get those reds, golds and yellows. It just takes a little bit of a road trip from the Valley to find them. 

    More >

    We may have to wait a little longer for fall to arrive in Arizona, but when it does, it's AMAZING. And that includes the fall colors. Yes, even in Arizona we get those reds, golds and yellows. It just takes a little bit of a road trip from the Valley to find them. 

    More >
  • The state of the climate in 2016

    The state of the climate in 2016

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-09-20 03:52:56 GMT
    An undated photo of arctic ice. (Source: NASA)An undated photo of arctic ice. (Source: NASA)

    The latest report on the climate from the American Meteorological Society focuses on 2016.

    More >

    The latest report on the climate from the American Meteorological Society focuses on 2016.

    More >