Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Nice weather expected through Father’s Day weekend

The pleasant weather metro Atlanta has enjoyed the last few days is expected to stick around through the weekend. 

Friday’s temperatures topped out just above 80 degrees in the city, and Saturday is also expected to be relatively cool as drier air keeps the North Georgia humidity down, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. 

“With the clear, dry conditions and light winds, it’s going to be a little cool by morning,” Nitz said. “Much of metro Atlanta is going to be down in the upper 50s to start the day.” 

As of 8:30, it was 65 degrees in the city. Temperatures should rise into the mid-80s by the afternoon, however, which is about average for this time of year. 

“We’re off to a nice, sunny start this morning. Our temperatures are starting to move,” Channel 2 meteorologist Eboni Deon said, “but later this afternoon, that summer-like heat it going to make a comeback. We’re going to feel it throughout the rest of the weekend on into next week.” 

 

By Father’s Day, it’s expected to be hot again as temperatures approach 90 degrees in Atlanta. 

“The weather’s going to be gorgeous for whatever you might want to do outside,” Nitz said.

The rain should hold off until at least Monday, when the humidity returns to metro Atlanta.

As for traffic, there are several road closures planned this weekend, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. 

 

In Fulton County, expect delays as GDOT continues work on the Transform 285/400 project. A detour is planned at the southbound entrance ramp to I-285 from Ga. 400. 

Crews are also planning weekend lane closures between Midtown and Sandy Springs.

 

Construction in Douglas County has a westbound lane blocked on I-20 at Fairburn Road that’s causing delays, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 

In Cobb County, the Braves look to continue their win streak against the Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park, so drivers should expect delays near the I-75/I-285 interchange before and after the game. First pitch is planned for 7:20 p.m. 

The Braves hold a 2.5 game lead over the Phillies in the National League East thanks to Brian McCann’s walk-off hit last night.

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Photo: Channel 2 Action News

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