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Afternoon Storms May Threaten Play at the Masters

Thursday will be a warm and humid day in Augusta, Ga., for the first round of the Masters with the threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon.

The high is forecast to reach 83 degrees on Thursday, more than 5 degrees above normal for this time of year. As the skies clear out and temperatures increase early Thursday afternoon, the atmosphere will become more unstable.

"Scattered storms may be in the area by 2:00 p.m. [EST]," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said. Lightning near the golf course would force play to be delayed.

Meanwhile, the air pressure will be lowering as a cold front moves across the Southeast Thursday afternoon.

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"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 cause pain for players with joint problems or arthritis.

Soaking and severe thunderstorms are expected to arrive in Augusta, Ga., Thursday night into early Friday morning. The strongest storms will be capable of producing large hail and damaging wind gusts.

The chance exists for a leftover shower or thunderstorm at the start of Round Two of the Masters early Friday.

Heavy rain will leave the course wet early Friday, causing the greens to be slower. When the grass is wet, it causes golf balls to move more slowly, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline.

Dry and warm weather is predicted for the weekend. Sunshine and highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s are in store for Augusta, Ga.