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Clear skies forecast for Monday morning eclipse


The weather should be nearly ideal for watching Monday morning’s total solar eclipse in Northeast Oregon.

The National Weather Service says skies will be clear Monday morning for the eclipse in Union and Wallowa counties after early morning cloud cover disappears.

The clouds, which will be thin, will move out around 4 a.m. Monday, according to John Peck, of the National Weather Service’s Pendleton office.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid 60s at the beginning of the eclipse shortly after 9 a.m. and will reach the mid 70s by the beginning of near totality which will start at 10:18 a.m.

Winds are forecast to be light and variable and will be less than 5 miles per hour.

Peck said the eclipse could cause the temperature to drop one or two degrees.