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.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
A cold front pushing through the Southeast will bring the risk of severe weather to part of the region Thursday.
Tropical Depression Two has lost its battle to become the next Atlantic tropical storm, but it will still increase shower activity across the Caribbean to end the week.
A potent storm system moving out of the Northwest United States will bring an elevated risk of tornadoes to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday.
Severe thunderstorms that blasted areas of Arkansas with damaging winds and heavy rainfall will continue to race through eastern Texas.
Atlantic City, NJ (1997)
6.09" of rain from Tropical Storm Danny.
Lawrence, KS (1886)
No rain at all since June 26 of that year.
A hot day throughout the state; Columbus 104 degrees; Augusta - 106 degrees; Louisville - 112 degrees -- record high for state.