Atlanta weather: Warm, dry weekend ahead, finally

And now for something completely different: Weekend temperatures are expected to waft into the upper 50s and maybe even into the low 60s under partly sunny skies.

After five straight sloggy, foggy, freezing weekends. It’s been enough to make us rethink working for the weekend.

It’s just been enough.

“It has been absolutely frigid,” said Arlynn Rook Wilbanks of Buford. “I’m dying for some warm weather so we can get outside.”

She and her husband, Matthew, relocated to a new home two weeks ago, moving furniture and other belongings during a miserable weekend’s wintry mix.

But this weekend, they have better plans: “As long as it’s not freezing or sleeting the way it has been lately, we’ll be out grilling, for sure.”

Metro Atlanta hasn’t seen a sunny, rain- or snow-free weekend since Jan. 8-10, said Laura Griffith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Even then, she noted, temperatures were 20 degrees below average.

What January brought in unusual cold, February is delivering in rainfall.

With 10 days left in the month, the region had already absorbed 3.94 inches of water in February, far more than the average of 2.63 inches.

While this weekend is shaping up to fairly warm and sunny, don’t wander too far from your umbrella: The forecast calls for a chance of showers late Sunday.