Warm weather will give way to cold front Friday

Wednesday's weather continues to be picture perfect for fall, with clear sunny skies and a high expected to reach 76.

But keep that heavy coat handy, advises Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton.

"High pressure is slowly moving off of the Georgia coast bringing in a southwest wind which will help push the temperatures higher today and tomorrow," Minton said.  "As the high weakens and moves east, a cold front approaches from the west. "

Clouds will be on the increase on Thursday with scattered showers by afternoon and evening. Lows will be in the 50s and highs will be back up into the mid-70s.

"After highs in the mid 70s Thursday temps will take a big drop and stay in the 50s on Friday," said Minton. "A weak wave will develop on the cold front on Friday, keeping clouds around much of the day and a few showers," said Minton.  "Most of the rain will be over far north Georgia to the Lake Lanier area." Winds will be northwest at 5-10 mph behind the cold front.

By the weekend, lows in metro Atlanta will drop to the low 40s,  with upper 30s for the surrounding counties, and daytime highs in the low 60s.