Fans hoping for four uninterrupted days of golf at the 2020 Masters may have rain on their parade.
That’s because weather forecasts predict a healthy dose of rain in Augusta, Ga., this week, including a 100 percent chance during the tournament’s opening round at Augusta National. The tournament is already dealing with fewer hours of daylight than normal thanks to COVID-19 moving it from April to November; considering a 5:26 p.m. sunset, any delays of significance could potentially push the tournament beyond Sunday.
The Masters has already made an effort to make the most of the time it has available, including staggering starts on Holes 1 and 10 (as opposed to letting all participants start on Hole 1). But any amount of rain could further alter the schedule of “A Tradition Unlike Any Other.”
With that, here’s everything you need to know about weather conditions around Augusta as the Masters tees off:
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6 a.m. ET: As it stands now, the Masters is slated to start on time at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday. It’s likely golfers will try to play through light rain, but downpours or thunderstorms — which are expected, on and off, throughout Round 1 — would force a pause in play. It’s also likely conditions will be just good enough at the start of the tournament to play in wet (and. therefore soft) conditions.
This section will be updated with any updates, reports or pauses that occur as a result of inclement weather.
Augusta weather forecast
Thursday Nov. 12
Per Weather.com, there is 100 percent chance of rain during Round 1 play. That’s expected to start in Augusta at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday and continue, in the form of isolated and scattered thunderstorms, through 2 p.m. ET Thursday. The day is expected to finish with mostly cloudy conditions and no more rain through the end of the day.
The National Weather Service outlines a similarly grim outlook for Thursday morning:
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. High near 80. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Friday, Nov. 13
Friday conditions are expected to be much better than on Thursday: The weather is forecast to be “mostly cloudy” at tee time Friday morning before improving to “partly cloudy” at 9 a.m. Conditions are expected to continue improving through 1 p.m., when the weather is forecast as “mostly sunny.” That said, there is still a 20 percent chance of rain.
Saturday, Nov. 14
Weather forecasts predict a 20 percent chance of rain in Augusta, both during the day and at night.
Sunday, Nov. 15
Weather forecasts predict a 20 percent chance of rain on the final day of play.
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