Will clouds impact Denver’s view of the total solar eclipse?

DENVER (KDVR) — Next week, the U.S. is gearing up for a total solar eclipse, which only happens every couple of years when the moon covers the sun and causes a shadow over a sliver of the Earth.

During this time, cities in the path of totality will see the moon completely cover the sun, while other cities, like Denver, will see a partial eclipse if the weather is right.

Not in the path of totality? You can still watch Monday’s total solar eclipse online

Forecast on April 8

On Monday, the morning will be chilly at around 33 degrees. But temperatures should warm up by the afternoon, making it a pleasant day to watch the solar eclipse in Denver.

That being said, a few clouds will move in, which could affect the visibility of the eclipse.

What Denver will see during the solar eclipse

If you’re in the Mile High City on April 8, you’ll start to see the moon block the sun at 11:28 a.m. Because of the path of totality, Denver won’t see full coverage, but it will see as much as 65.3%.

Partial eclipse in Denver
Partial eclipse in Denver

By noon, the moon will noticeably be covering the sun in Denver.

How much of the solar eclipse will Colorado see?

From around 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pinpoint Weather meteorologists expect the visibility to be partly cloudy and the temperatures to be around 50 degrees.

By 12:40 p.m., when there will be the most coverage, the sun will look like a crescent.

At the time of the most coverage, the skies will be partly cloudy, and temperatures will be in the low 50s, as it will look like dusk.

Just before 2 p.m., the eclipse will end with temperatures climbing and topping out in the upper 50s.

Total solar eclipse visibility in Denver
Total solar eclipse visibility in Denver

Because the event will last for over two hours, the clouds will ebb and flow. While there will be clouds during the solar eclipse, Denver should still get a good view with the right safety gear.

Even though clouds are expected, it’s still safest to only look at the sun with the correct solar eclipse glasses. The clouds don’t make the eclipse less bright – it still can do damage to your eyes.

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