Atlanta weather | ‘Truly spectacular’ weekend ahead

The prospect of weekends like this one is what gets us through the sweltering heat of summer. Simply put, it won’t get much better than this.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist David Chandley is predicting “truly a spectacular weekend” with sunshine, cool nights, mild days and low humidity.

Saturday will be sunny and cool with morning lows in upper 40s in town and upper 30s in some of the suburbs, Chandley said. The high Saturday will be near 70; Sunday will be warmer with a high in the low to mid-70s.

That weather will be perfect for the 40th annual Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival, which kicks off Friday at Stone Mountain Park, and features traditional Scottish athletic competitions, dancing, piping, children’s games and a variety of colorful Scottish shops. The festival, held in the park meadow, continues through Sunday.

In other events, Georgia Tech takes on Boston College at 3 p.m. Saturday at Grant Field; Georgia State faces Villanova at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome; and the Hawks face the Mavericks at 7 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena. Georgia is on the road this weekend at Kentucky, and the Falcons have a bye.

The weather should also be to the liking of the Georgia DOT, which has a full schedule of road work planned. Lane closures include:

I-285 westbound from Ashford Dunwoody Road to Roswell Road; I-285 westbound from Powers Ferry Road to Cobb Parkway; and I-285 northbound from Paces Ferry Road to I-75. All of this is from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Lane closures will also affect Ga. 400 northbound at Abernathy Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday; Ga. 400 southbound near McFarland Parkway from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday; and Ga. 400 northbound north of I-85 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.