Spectators and players at the Augusta National Golf Club managed to escape many showers and thunderstorms that threatened the course Thursday and Friday. However, they will have to try this once again by late Sunday.
Early in the tournament, it was not only rain and thunderstorms that was a concern for the players, but low air pressure may have added an extra complication for the golfers. The air pressure began dropping Thursday afternoon as a cold front started moving across the South.
"When air pressure lowers, the cells in your body expand," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said. "That's why your hands swell on a hot and humid day."
As a result, lower air pressure may have caused pain for players with joint problems or arthritis. However, noticeably higher air pressure is in store for the remainder of the weekend.
Drier and sunnier weather settled into the region late Friday. The remainder of the weekend will be mostly dry and sunny, but there will be a rain threat that arrives by later Sunday.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are watching a storm system that will be brewing over the Gulf of Mexico Saturday night. That system will roll northeastward during Sunday.
Clouds are likely to increase over Augusta late Sunday. While most of the tournament should be completed, a late day shower or thunderstorm may threaten play or the jacket ceremony Sunday evening. There is no significant risk for severe weather at this time.
Meteorologist Andy Mussoline updated this story at 1:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday.
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