Atlanta weather | 76-degree day in Wednesday’s forecast

A worker stretched fabric over the Chastain Park pool Tues., March 8, 2016. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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A worker stretched fabric over the Chastain Park pool Tues., March 8, 2016. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Go outside. Do you feel it?

No, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you, metro Atlanta. Those above-average temperatures you are feeling are here to stay.

“As we look ahead, this trend continues with warmer than usual temperatures,” according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton, who said temperatures were eight to 12 degrees above average Tuesday.

Temperatures will climb to 76 degrees Wednesday and linger in the low to mid-70s through Sunday.

Temps were 69 degrees in Atlanta, 67 degrees in Blairsville and 69 degrees in Griffin just after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Wind flow out of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico swept through metro Atlanta and up toward north Georgia, bringing warming air and moisture.

“Now what will happen in the overnight hours [Tuesday] is temperatures are going to cool, and we’re going to see a little bit of some low-lying fog in a few places,” Minton said. “But once that sun comes up [Wednesday], it’s going to burn away that fog and the clouds.”

Then, metro Atlanta will again experience an afternoon warming.

Mostly sunny skies in the area this week will turn to partly cloudy conditions that should give way to showers by Friday, when there is a 40 percent chance of rain.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms increases to 60 percent Saturday, the day before metro Atlantans lose an hour of sleep Sunday for Daylight Saving Time.

Rain will taper off Sunday.

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