Hot today, but rain from Lee looms

If your weekend calls for being out and about, better get those chores and cookouts done by Sunday evening.

Saturday’s forecast for Georgia-Boise State tailgaters and Dragon-Con revelers should be familiar — heat and lots of it with highs in the low-to mid-90s.

But that’ll start to change over Sunday with the approach of Tropical Storm Lee.

“Tomorrow, we’ll have a lot of clouds and just a few scattered showers,” said Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz. “It’ll be Monday, Labor Day when we’ll have more widespread heavy rains.”

Lee's center was about 45 miles southwest of Morgan City, La., moving north at 6 mph at midday Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Its winds were 60 mph. The storm is expected to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain across southern Louisiana.

Rain totals in metro Atlanta are expected to be significant, but not as severe as in Gulf Coast states.

Nitz said the storm could bring 3 inches to 5 inches of rain to much of metro Atlanta through Tuesday, with some areas potentially getting 6 inches.

That’s good news for a drought-plagued region.

Nitz said he expects flooding, if any occurs, to be minor and isolated.

“We’ve been dry, we’re in a drought and our reservoirs and lakes are low,” Nitz said. “We have capacity to hold a good bit of water.”

The meteorologist said along with rain and some thunder, Lee will bring with it much cooler temperatures.

Sunday clouds settle in, with highs in the mid-80s and a 40 percent chance of rain. Monday and Tuesday highs will be in the low-80s.

The chance of rain Monday is 90 percent, with a 70 percent chance on Tuesday.

Lows through Tuesday will be in the lower 70s.

Wednesday will bring a return on some sun, a 40 percent chance of rain and highs only in the upper 70s and lows in the 60s.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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