The official start of the boating season begins Saturday, May 1, with almost too-perfect weather.

The National Weather Service says the Lake of the Ozarks area can expect sunny skies and a high of 83 degrees on Saturday, as boaters hit the water for the annual Spring Harbor Hop. On land, the Magic Dragon Car Show draws thousands to the Bagnell Dam Strip this weekend, so eventgoers there will enjoy the pleasant weather too. It will be a bit breezy, with a west wind from 8 to 14 mph. Gusts up to 21 mph are possible, the NWS says.

Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low of 62, and then Sunday comes with a chance of showers increasing throughout the day and a high of 74 degrees.

The Lake of the Ozarks water level is hovering just below 656, and Ameren says they expect the water level to raise through the weekend, reaching 657 by Sunday.