Sunny weekend ahead, then more rain

Atlanta's damp spring continued Friday, and after a weekend reprieve from the wet stuff, more rain is forecast early next week.

The bulk of Friday's rain was expected to fall south of a Carrollton to Gainesville line, the National Weather Service said.

The rain should taper off overnight, leaving sunny skies in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Rainfall totals across Atlanta on Thursday ranged from .75 inch in Marietta and .84 inch at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to 1.22 inches in Chamblee and 1.29 inches downtown.

Atlanta's rainfall total for the year of 24.27 inches is 1.13 inches above normal.

In Columbus, 3.4 inches of rain fell on Thursday, pushing the west Georgia city's surplus for the year to 12.75 inches.

The forecast for metro Atlanta calls for a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon, with highs in the mid-70s.

The chance of rain diminishes to 20 percent Friday night, when lows will be around 60 degrees.

Mostly sunny skies are predicted for Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the low 80s on Saturday, warming to the upper 80s on Sunday.

Rain returns to the forecast on Monday, when there's a 20 percent chance of precipitation.

The chance of rain is 40 percent on Tuesday and 30 percent on Wednesday.

Highs will be in the mid- to upper 80s Monday through Wednesday, the Weather Service said.