When the field of 97 golfers takes to the fairways in Augusta, Georgia Thursday through the weekend, they’ll battle nerves and the challenges of one of the game’s greatest tests. But weather will not be an obstacle at Augusta National: the forecast for the Masters is as good as it gets.

National Weather Service forecast for Augusta, Georgia through Sunday.

Golfers and patrons can expect sunny skies each day with highs on balance around 80 (upper 70s Thursday to low 80s Sunday). Morning lows moderate from the 40s Thursday to near 55 Sunday. Humidity will generally be low but may edge into the moderate range Sunday. Winds will be light for the duration of the tournament, generally no stronger than 10 mph from the south and southwest.

Forecast for the first round of the Masters from AccuWeather.com

All of this means conditions should be ripe for low scores, though Augusta National’s notoriously quick greens will tend to speed up as sun progressively dries them out over the next several days.

Heavy rain and storms – producing more than 1 inch of rain – forced officials to close Augusta National to spectators on Monday. Dry weather returned Tuesday, with a high near 70. Similarly pleasant conditions are expected today.

A big area of high pressure sitting off the East Coast is to thank for the pleasant stretch weather forecast during the tournament. It will extend far enough inland to block any disruptive weather in the Southeast U.S. through Sunday.

European model forecasts large area of high pressure off East Coast Thursday night extending into the Southeast. This feature is forecast to stay put through Sunday. (WeatherBell.com)