Atlanta weather | Rain’s coming early and staying late Friday

Temperatures crept closer to a 60-degree high Thursday under clear skies, but the warmer weather and sunshine won’t last long.

The pleasant forecast will give way to clouds and early morning showers Friday, according to Channel 2 Action News.

And we’ll be back to freezing by Monday morning.

Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, temperatures were at 57 degrees in Atlanta, 55 degrees in Blairsville and 55 degrees in Griffin.

Meteorologist Brad Nitz said southerly winds will continue pushing temperatures close to 60 degrees.

But the weather will start to turn Friday, with a 70 percent chance of rain.

Nitz said he expects scattered showers throughout the day beginning at 7 a.m. in metro Atlanta, with the heaviest rain south of metro Atlanta.

By 4 p.m., expect thick cloud cover and a few stray showers.

“Then as we head beyond that, we’re going to see some colder air,” Nitz said.

Friday’s high will be 50 degrees, with a low of 41.

Nitz said we’ll spring back into the 50s again on Saturday. Clouds overnight will bring a 20 percent chance for precipitation and colder weather.

Temperatures should only reach the mid-40s Sunday and drop to the 20s by Monday morning.

Sunny skies will only allow highs to rebound to about 40 degrees, according to forecasts for Monday.

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