88 degrees! Atlanta breaks 78-year-old record high

88 degrees! Atlanta breaks 78-year-old record high

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  • The previous record for this day, set in 1938, was 87 degrees.


Today: Expected record high. High: 90

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low: 66

Tomorrow: Mostly dry. High: 87

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

Atlanta temperatures reached 88 degrees Wednesday afternoon, breaking a 78-year-old record.

Earlier, the temperature reached 87 degrees to tie the record set in 1938. 

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said temperatures also tied for the warmest record low temperature of 66 degrees, set in 1993. 

“It looks like summer,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “It feels like summer outside now.”

Temps in metro Atlanta fell just shy of hitting 90 degrees. 

The “latest we’ve ever hit 90 in Atlanta was Oct. 9,” Monahan said. 

Atlanta wasn't the only city that saw summer-like weather. Athens and Rome both reached 91 degrees. 

Temps were 79 degrees in Atlanta, 67 in Blairsville and 68 in Griffin just after 8:30  p.m.

Temperatures are expected to cool off by Friday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Thursday could be another record-breaking day, Monahan said. The expected high is 87 degrees. The record, set in 1943, is 85.

Metro Atlanta should be out of record-breaking territory by Friday, when the high is expected to drop to 72 degrees and the chance of rain is 30 percent.

Temperatures could reach 90 degrees Wednesday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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