Clouds could threaten Tampa Bay's view of solar eclipse

Here's what the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse will look like -- should the clouds stay away! -- across Florida. Courtesy: Larry Koehn

TAMPA, Fla. -- To fully enjoy the solar eclipse, you'll -- of course -- need to see the sun.

But a quick shower over or even a passing cumulus could hamper the view.

The latest cloud forecast places the Tampa Bay region at around 30-50 percent with partly cloudy skies at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Check out the latest cloud cover forecast on Pivotal Weather, which uses NOAA's global forecast model.

Solar eclipse: What will I see in Florida?

More: 10News' coverage of the 2017 solar eclipse

Full forecast: Tampa Bay area weather

The eclipse begins at 1:17 p.m. in Tampa, with the maximum eclipse at 2:50 p.m. It ends at 4:14 p.m.

Monday will pan out as a typical summertime Florida day, with hot weather and the hit-or-miss chance of a shower or thunderstorm. 

Although some passing clouds could obscure the sun for some time, there's a good chance of getting a nice view of this celestial event.

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