The new year may start off a little wet and cool in the CSRA, so residents may want to pull out their jackets and umbrellas when ringing in 2013.


According to the National Weather Service, New Year’s Eve will start off sunny, but clouds will move in later on Monday with a 20 percent chance of precipitation. A 50 percent chance of rain on New Year’s Day is also in the forecast.


The temperatures on both days will reach the mid-50s and drop into the high 30s or low 40s in the evening.


NWS Meteorologist Dave Schuetrum said that there will possibly be some light winds approximately five miles per hour New Year’s Eve which is a lot calmer than the 20 to 30 miles per hour gusts the area has experienced in the last few days, making it feel a lot chillier.


“New Year’s Eve is going to be a nice day, mostly sunny but cloudy later,” Schuetrum said. “Looking up at the sky, I’m thinking about fireworks and all, it’s going to be cloudy.”


If it rains, it will be a positive way to start off the year in regard to annual precipitation amounts. The Aiken area will be about 8 inches below average for 2012, Schuetrum said. As of Saturday, Aiken had seen a little more than 35 inches of rain for the year. The average is about 43 inches.


A 30 percent chance of precipitation will continue through Thursday, with highs in the 50s and lows in the mid to high 30s.