Storms to follow Atlanta’s record breaking week

Storms to follow Atlanta’s record breaking week

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  • Atlanta missed the record high by one degree Friday. 
  • The record, set in 1980, was 79 degrees. Friday reached 78. 
  • Downpours are expected Sunday during the QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Metro Atlanta faces an 90 percent chance of showers Sunday.


Today: Partly cloudy. High: 79

Tonight: Showers possible. Low: 60

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High: 78

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

After an unseasonably warm weather week, Atlanta’s weekend will be met with showers, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

Rain chances are at 20 percent Saturday, when the high hits 78 degrees. 

Those chances increase to 90 Sunday. 

“If you are going to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the (NASCAR QuikTrip 500) race, plan for rain,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

A cold front Sunday could usher in a high of 70 degrees as well as isolated strong to severe storms, according to Channel 2.

Showers are expected to start by 10 a.m. in Atlanta and by the afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

By 3 p.m., “here it comes, with some heavy rain possible through the afternoon,” Minton said.

Earlier Friday, Atlanta again flirted with record highs, but fell just short of a 38-year-old record, according to Channel 2. 

Atlanta reached 78 degrees Friday, just shy of the record high of 79, set in 1980. Currently, it’s 70 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to dip back into the 60s next week after a stretch of showers, according to Channel 2. 

Pat Treemont enjoys warm weather while watching the waterfowl at Piedmont Park. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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