TUESDAY’S WEATHER: Atlanta to enjoy highs near 80 under partly cloudy sky

Metro Atlanta can look forward to a summery Tuesday afternoon with sunshine and forecast highs in the 80s, according to Channel 2 Action News.

A projected high of 80 degrees in the city is more typical of May weather and about seven degrees above average for this time of year. It won’t be the last chance to enjoy sunshine and warm weather this week, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

“If you can’t get outside today, maybe tomorrow is your day to do that,” Monahan said. “We’re going to be up near 80 the next couple of days.”

Tuesday is off to a warm start with 60s in town and 50s outside the Perimeter, he said. While Monahan is expecting sunshine, there will also be some clouds in the sky as a system spreading rain over parts of Tennessee stays well to the north.

Any showers that develop Tuesday should be isolated, and rain chances are low at 20%.

“It won’t affect our weather,” Monahan said of the weather system. “We’ll stay dry through the day tomorrow, and then into tomorrow evening and Thursday morning, that next chance of some heavier rain moves in.”

The dry conditions could mean even warmer weather Wednesday with a projected high of 81 degrees. But springtime is firmly entrenched in North Georgia, and the rain won’t stay away for long.

North Georgia is in for a couple more days of warm and dry weather before the next chance of strong storms Thursday morning, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan.

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Rain chances go up after sunset, and by sunrise Monahan is expecting heavy rain as a weakening line of storms moves in from the west.

Georgia’s neighbors to the west have the greatest chance of severe weather associated with that system, according to Channel 2, but locally the threat is diminished. Parts of far North Georgia are under a slight Level 2 risk of severe storms, while metro Atlanta’s risk is considered marginal at a Level 1.

Storms will be about 60% likely from sunrise Thursday through about midday, and then Monahan expects North Georgia to clear out for the afternoon.

“The storm risk is isolated for us,” he said. “This is mostly going to be some areas of heavy rain Thursday morning.”

Atlanta's projected high is 80 degrees Tuesday.

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