Atlanta could see 80 degrees Wednesday


Today: Breezy. High: 71

Tonight: Clear. Low: 36

Tomorrow: Sunny and breezy. High: 81

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After a morning of near-freezing temperatures, Atlanta reached the 70s Tuesday afternoon.

Dry air allowed “for big temperature swings,” according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz.

Atlanta experienced a 40-degree change between the morning low (36) and afternoon high (76), Channel 2 reported. The projected high was 71.

The current temperature is 68 degrees.

“Even warmer weather arrives tomorrow,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. Wednesday’s forecast high is 82 degrees, according to Channel 2.

Atlanta came close to tying a 113-year-old record low of 31 degrees early Tuesday, according to Channel 2.

“We missed the record low in Atlanta by 5 degrees,” Nitz said.

And far North Georgia was under a freeze warning until 9 a.m.

A cold front is expected overnight Thursday, but that won’t lower temperatures, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. There is a 20 percent chance of rain that day with a high of 70.

“There’ll be limited moisture available,” Burns said. “So, there may be a sprinkle or two or a light shower, but no more than that.”

Long-range models keep lows in the 40s and 50s the next couple of weeks.

“The rule of thumb around here is to wait until after tax day (to plant) in case of a late-season frost,” Nitz said. “The threat for damaging cold looks to be over now.”

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