WEDNESDAY’S WEATHER: Damp, muggy for another day of showers and high humidity

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Starting Wednesday morning off with a few showers

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Showers are falling across parts of North Georgia on Wednesday to kick off what will be for many a damp and sticky day.

Humidity remains high, and showers and storms are 40% likely Wednesday, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan. Morning showers should be scattered and light, but Monahan said rain this afternoon could be heavy, especially west of Atlanta.

Breaks of sunshine will also be in the mix, he said.

“Not so much today and tomorrow, but by the weekend — by Friday, Saturday and Sunday —our weather is looking a whole lot better,” Monahan said. “A whole lot sunnier and drier, too. That humidity is going to start to dry out a bit by the end of the week.”

Monahan is expecting about seven hours of sunshine Wednesday in between the showers and clouds. The morning is starting muggy with temperatures in the 60s to about 70 degrees, and this afternoon temperatures should reach 80 degrees in Atlanta, according to Channel 2.

“Make sure you leave the house with the umbrella, the rain jacket today,” Monahan said. “Some of you will need it already this morning, as we have some showers to track early on your Wednesday. No thunder or lightning with this, but there are some brief heavy downpours out there this morning.”

There could be thunder and lightning in this afternoon’s storms, which Monahan expects to begin firing up around 5 p.m. and last through the evening hours. Western Georgia counties have the highest chance of rain Wednesday, he said.

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An isolated severe storm is possible Wednesday for areas from Atlanta to the west, according to forecasters.

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An isolated severe storm is possible Wednesday for areas from Atlanta to the west, according to forecasters.

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An isolated severe storm is possible Wednesday for areas from Atlanta to the west, according to forecasters.

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“That’s where we’ll have a risk of a strong or severe storm,” he said. “Storms and showers will continue overnight, and then we’re set up for what’s going to be a wet day on Thursday as a cold front approaches.”

An isolated severe storm is possible, with damaging wind gusts and hail as the primary threats.

Monahan said Thursday will also start out wet with a better chance of widespread rain in the afternoon. Showers and storms are 70% likely Thursday, but North Georgia will begin to dry out Friday ahead of what should be a nice holiday weekend.

With lower humidity in the forecast, Monahan is calling for sunshine and highs in the mid-80s by Sunday.

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Atlanta's projected high is 80 degrees Wednesday with a 40% chance of showers and storms.

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Atlanta's projected high is 80 degrees Wednesday with a 40% chance of showers and storms.

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Atlanta's projected high is 80 degrees Wednesday with a 40% chance of showers and storms.

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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