Weekend weather to be stellar for golf, baseball and music

Whether your weekend plans include trips to local parks, taking in a Gwinnett Braves game or heading to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta for Saturday night's Alan Jackson concert, the weather will be picture perfect, with sunny skies and temperatures about normal for mid-April.

"We had a little taste of June and now we're going to be back in April," WSB chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

"I actually do not see any rain at all in the foreseeable future … next five to 10 days look to be pretty dry," Burns said.

Thursday's rain, which averaged a half to nearly 1 inch across the metro area, did a decent job of knocking down a sky-high pollen count that had soared to nearly 6,000 particles per cubic inch earlier in the week.

Friday's count was 1,941, according to the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic. Major pollens present were ash, birch, oak, pine and walnut. While still high, that pales next to Thursday's 5,433 reading.

Weekend highs will be in the low 70s, with overnight lows in the low to mid-40s. The normal high is 71, the normal low 48.

Temperatures will be a little warmer in Augusta, where the Masters wraps up on Sunday. Sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s are predicted for Augusta, according to the National Weather Service.

The Atlanta Braves are playing on the road this weekend, so there should be no traffic issues around Turner Field. The Gwinnett Braves, however, play home games against Charlotte at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:05 p.m. on Sunday.

The Thrashers play Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena.