Sara Caldwell braves the elements at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
Photo: John Spink
Photo: John Spink

Atlanta weather | Metro area set for January-like temperatures

Those heading to work or school Tuesday morning will definitely want to bundle up.

Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said metro Atlanta will see Monday night’s temperatures dip into the low 20s. Tuesday night will also be that cold before temperatures begin to moderate as the week goes on.

It will feel even colder — close to 15 degrees — to those leaving the house early Tuesday morning thanks to wind chill. And in north Georgia, folks may see wind chills close to 5 degrees.

Channel 2’s meteorologists expect Tuesday’s temps to remain nearly 30 degrees below normal, climbing only into the mid-30s in metro Atlanta. Atlanta’s average high for mid-November is 63, the normal low 44.

Check the latest forecast here.

Burns said wind patterns changed by Super Typhoon Nuri are likely the culprit behind the lower than normal temperatures.

“If not for Nuri, we may have still been in the 60s and 70s,” Burns said.

But Burns said a return to those kinds of temperatures is on the way.

“We could be up to near 70 by Sunday, but that will make the atmosphere ripe for severe storms as the next arctic blast heads our way next week,” he said.

Wednesday’s high temperature is expected to hit the mid-40s, while a late-week warm-up will push afternoon readings to the mid-50s Thursday and Friday after morning lows in the low to mid-30s.

With temperatures dipping below the freezing mark, it’s important to safeguard your home’s water pipes. Allowing a small trickle of water to run overnight, preferably through a faucet on an outside wall, will decrease the likelihood of freezing pipes. Opening kitchen and bathroom cabinets so warmer air can circulate below the sinks will also help.

Click here for more tips on safeguarding your home in cold weather, as well as information on taking care of pets and protecting plants.

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