Today, April 8th, is the big day! The total solar eclipse will take to the sky in certain parts of the country including Ontario, but what happens if it isn’t clear skies? While we’re all hoping for a clear sky it isn’t guaranteed. Here’s what to expect if clouds decide to make an appearance.

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So, does cloudy weather mean you won’t be able to see the moment the moon’s shadow totally blocks the sun’s face?

According to, some clouds will still make for a cool experience.

“If your sky is covered with mid-to-high-level clouds — cirrostratus, altostratus and/or cirrocumulus — you will likely be able to see the forward edge of the elliptical shadow move rapidly toward you and then over you just prior to and at the onset of totality.”

“With its passage may come a remarkable change in the overall quality of light on the surrounding landscape and a dramatic change in the clouds’ colour.”

Thick and low clouds will cause a slightly different outcome. says that thick clouds will be like “being in a lighted room where someone turns a dimmer switch down and then turns it back up, causing the light to return.”

Environment Canada’s forecast for Toronto is currently calling for clouds and a 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon.

As for one of the popular viewing spots for the total solar eclipse, Niagara, Ontario, Environment Canada is showing similar conditions – cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers.

“Niagara, Toronto and Hamilton will be cloudy, unfortunately,” Environment Canada Meteorologist Gerald Chang tells Curiocity.

“Spots closer to Windsor are starting to clear, so if you can make your way to southwestern Ontario, you’ll have a better shot at catching clear skies,” Chang continued.

Unless the clouds are very low and very thick, you should be able to catch the total solar eclipse and even see some eerie colours, too!

Enjoy the total solar eclipse clouds or not, Ontario!