TUESDAY’S WEATHER: Coldest start in Atlanta in 6 months

Temperatures are in the 40s Tuesday in Atlanta for the coldest morning the city has seen in six months.

It hasn’t been this chilly since April 19, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan, and this afternoon won’t see much of a warmup. Highs in the mid-50s will fall nearly 20 degrees below average for this time of year, Monahan said.

Atlanta firefighters (from left) Shane Bell, Matt Boehner and Yahya Azhari endure the early Tuesday morning cold on 12th Street while working the scene of a building fire.

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It could be even colder Wednesday morning, when all of North Georgia will be under a freeze warning.

“The outdoor forecast is still looking good today, tomorrow and Thursday, but you just need to kind of bundle up,” Monahan said. “We haven’t had to do that for a while. Today, it’s sunny but cold.”

A breeze blowing in from the northwest is making it feel even colder outside Tuesday morning, with wind chills in the 20s and 30s. Kids waiting for the bus stops might need to bundle up or delay heading outside.

Freeze warnings are in effect for northwest Georgia and the mountains, where temperatures are in the 30s before daybreak.

There are no warnings or advisories in effect for metro Atlanta until after midnight Tuesday, when temperatures could dip as low as 30 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. A freeze warning for all of North Georgia is scheduled to expire at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Less wind overnight will contribute to the falling temperatures, Monahan said. The region typically gets its first freeze of the season around Election Day, but he expects to be ahead of that pace this year.

“Tomorrow morning, a lot of us are going to start near freezing in town,” he said. “Inside I-285, I don’t think we will have a freeze, but outside it a pretty good chance we will have a freeze.”

The city’s projected low is 35 degrees Wednesday, and a high of 58 is in the forecast. Monahan expects those numbers to start inching up toward the end of the week, getting back to average levels by Saturday afternoon with a projected high of 74.

Atlanta's projected high is 55 degrees Wednesday, which is nearly 20 degrees below average.

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