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Saturday at 2021 Masters suspended due to inclement weather

We break down the weather forecast for this week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National. The 2021 tournament could face some afternoon rain, but otherwise it should be great weather.

Saturday update: The third round was suspended at 3:58 p.m. “due to a dangerous weather situation.” Play will resume at 5:15 p.m.

The Masters is once again upon us! The 2020 tournament was bumped to November due to COVID-19, but the 2021 version is back on track for its normal April schedule. The annual Par 3 contest has been canceled due to the virus, but the tournament is expected to tee off on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Last year’s move to November brought some complications as it brought the tournament into the tail end of hurricane season. Tropical Storm Eta brought a round one rain delay, but the tournament wrapped up by the end of the weekend with Dustin Johnson claiming a five-stroke victory.

The National Weather Service forecast indicates a chance of rain throughout the week, but primarily in the late afternoon. The forecast suggests a 30 percent chance of showers after 3 p.m. on Thursday, and a 60 percent chance of showers after 3 p.m. on Friday. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers on Saturday and a 30 percent chance of showers on Sunday.

There will be some wind in the forecast, but it should be relatively calm and unlikely to make a significant impact on the golfers. Here’s the full forecast for Augusta during the tournament.

Thursday: A chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 30%.