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2020 Masters Weather: Forecast calls for 100-percent chance of rain

Umbrellas at the Masters
With a 100-percent chance of rain for Thursday's 1st round of the Masters, umbrellas will be standard gear at Augusta National Golf Club.

With storms predicted for Thursday and fewer daylight hours (plus football), Augusta National could face a time crunch this week

The first round of the Masters is certain to be wet, according to an updated forecast by The Weather Channel, and the rest of the week could be threatened by weather, as well.

The forecast calls for a 100-percent chance of thundershowers on Thursday, with only a slight chance for rain through the weekend. Temperatures will be in the 70s.

Weather, always a factor at the Masters, takes on added significance this year. With the tournament having been postponed by seven months because of the coronavirus pandemic, fewer daylight hours will give Augusta National Golf Club officials less flexibility in completing play. Sunset will be just before 5:30 p.m. EST daily, but another deadline also looms: football.

CBS was scheduled to end its third-round Masters broadcast at 5 p.m. Saturday so that it could televise the Alabama-LSU football game, but that game was postponed late Tuesday because of a COVID-19 outbreak at LSU. There was no immediate word as to how the schedule change might affect CBS' plans for the Masters. The Sunday telecast of the final round is scheduled to end even earlier, at 3 p.m., so that the network can meet its NFL obligations.

So, any rain delays in the first round will put the 92-man field in catchup mode and with a reduced window of time in which to do it.

DayForecast / chance of rainWindHigh/low
ThursdayThunderstorms / 100 percentN 5 mph79/64
FridayPartly cloudy / 20 percentNNW 6 mph79/55
SaturdaySunny / 0 percentE 7 mph72/56
SundayMostly sunny / 20 percentSSW 8 mph79/54

SOURCE: The Weather Channel

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