SUNDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: 2nd half of weekend will be hot, mostly dry

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Atlanta’s intense August heat will stick around on Sunday as the chance of afternoon showers diminishes slightly to round out the weekend.

After a relatively mild start to the day, temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees in the city as the clouds clear out, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Jennifer Lopez said. That’s about the average high for this time of year.

Isolated showers were reported across parts of metro Atlanta late Saturday afternoon, but the chance of rain decreases on Sunday, according to the latest forecast. That’s good news for folks planning to attend the final day of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival or take in an afternoon ballgame at Truist Park.

“We’ll get up to 90 degrees (on Sunday), but we’ll also notice some drier air moving in,” Lopez said. “Our rain chances will drop off but they won’t disappear. We still have a stray shower possible. Otherwise, we’ll see plenty of sunshine.”

There’s a 20% chance of showers on Sunday, down from 40% for the first half of the weekend, Channel 2 reported. The summer heat will linger into the workweek as Monday’s high is slated to reach 91 degrees.

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The chance of rain increases to 40% on Tuesday and 60% on Wednesday, so it might be best to keep an umbrella handy, at least through the first half of the week.

Midtown drivers could run into some traffic delays Sunday as people flock to Piedmont Park for the Dogwood Festival. The annual arts and music event is typically held each April, but it was canceled last year and postponed this spring due to the pandemic.

In Cobb County, motorists could see stadium-related delays as the Atlanta Braves look to improve their record against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m., so brace for backups around the I-75/I-285 interchange before and after the game.

The Georgia Department of Transportation also has a few construction projects planned this weekend that could impact traffic on metro Atlanta’s interstates.

In DeKalb, drivers can expect overnight lane closures as crews work to repair a bridge at the junction of I-285 and I-675, officials said. Lane closures are also planned in both directions of the Perimeter for a resurfacing project between Moreland Avenue and Clifton Springs Road.

The weekend construction is expected to wrap up just in time for Monday’s morning commute.

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