WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Braves fans hoping for bounce-back win flock to SunTrust Park as temps hit 97

Atlanta has broken two weather records already today and a third is within striking distance.

Braves fans are hoping that energy carries over to SunTrust Park.

The Braves will try to battle back against the St. Louis Cardinals after a tough 7-6 loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. First pitch for Game 2 is set for 4:37 p.m. in Cobb County.

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Cobb traffic is thick, but that’s mostly thanks to a crash, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The wreck blocks a left lane of the Perimeter’s inner loop before South Cobb Drive, and delays span back near I-20.


 

Cobb isn’t the only slow spot. In Douglas County, a crash on I-20 West past Thornton Road blocked a left lane, causing delays into Cobb County, the Traffic Center reported. The wreck has been moved to the left shoulder, but delays remain.


 

By noon, Atlanta topped 90 degrees to set a record.

Friday became the 91st day this year that temperatures in the city made it into the 90s, eclipsing the record set in 1980 and tied in 2011, Channel 2 Action News reported.


 

Atlanta is now at 97 degrees, which pummels Oct. 4’s previous peak of 91, which was set last year, Channel 2 reported. If Atlanta warms one more degree, it’ll tie Thursday’s mark for the hottest October day on record in the city.


 

Average highs this time of year are in the mid-70s, but parts of North Georgia reached that by 5 a.m.

Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said relief is on the way as fall-like temperatures finally arrive this weekend.

“One more day of midsummer heat,” he said. “Tomorrow will not be day No. 92 ... Nobody’s going to reach the 90s tomorrow as much cooler air moves in.”


 

Saturday and Sunday should only reach the low 80s as North Georgia cools, making it an ideal weekend to get out and enjoy the fall weather. By Tuesday, Atlanta is expected to top out at 78, Monahan said.

“On Sunday night and Monday a cold front starts to approach, and that’s going to send some rain our way,” he said. “So not only the cooler air moving in, but also some good chances of rain. And we need the rain.”

Photo: Channel 2 Action News

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