TUESDAY’S WEATHER: Summer holds its grip on Atlanta with high of 90

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Hot and humid conditions for today

Metro Atlanta will likely see a return to the 90s Tuesday afternoon as heat builds across the region and rain chances remain low.

A projected high of 90 degrees in the city would not break a record, but it is still well above average for the end of summer. Fall officially begins on Thursday night, and conditions over the next few days won’t have anyone reaching for cozy sweaters or warm drinks.

“Weather does not care about the calendar, because it is going to be hot,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “Midsummer kind of weather across North Georgia.”

Tuesday is starting off warm with temperatures in the upper 60s outside the Perimeter and low 70s in town. There are some early morning showers in the mountains that are weakening as they move south before sunrise, Monahan said.

Most of North Georgia will stay partly to mostly sunny Tuesday, but he said there is a slight 20% chance of a shower.

“Overall, rain chances are going to stay limited over the next several days,” Monahan said. “Little chances here and there between now and Saturday and Sunday, but likely not until early next week before we get a little more widespread rain.”

With nothing to hold it back, heat will build this week, he said. Monahan is calling for highs in the 90s all the way through Thursday, which should be the warmest day this week with a projected high of 94 degrees. That would threaten the record of 95 set in 1940.

A projected high of 90 degrees Tuesday is well above the average of 83 for this time of year. According to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan, temperatures will climb even higher by Thursday.

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A cold front will arrive Thursday night to provide some relief, he said. Afternoon highs should drop back into the low 80s on Friday, setting up North Georgia for a weekend that feels a little more like fall.

Monahan is not expecting any local impacts from Hurricane Fiona, which is currently moving away from Puerto Rico, but there is the potential another tropical wave could become “a major system or a significant system” in the Gulf of Mexico for the last week of September.

“Likely going to have some activity to watch in the tropics as we go into next week that could have an impact on the U.S.,” he said. “We’ll keep the rain chance at about 20% most of us.”

Rain chances will be limited this week as heat builds across North Georgia, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan.

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