Christmas week in metro Atlanta will be wet and warm

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas this year, keep dreaming or start driving north. Christmas week will be soggy, and Thursday and Friday could be the warmest Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ever in Atlanta.

“We’re going to get a soaking rain this week,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. “One to three inches of rain will be common across our area before the week is up.”

A flash flood watch is in effect from Monday evening through Thursday morning for 25 south Georgia counties, where forecasters are predicting as much as 4 to 7 inches of rain this week.

Nitz said the chance of rain was 80 percent overnight and into Tuesday and Wednesday.

Highs will be around 68 Tuesday and 70 Wednesday, with morning lows in the mid-50s Tuesday and around 60 degrees Wednesday.

Nitz’s forecast for Christmas Eve is for a 60 percent chance of rain, a record-breaking high of 73 degrees and lows in the low 60s.

He’s forecasting a record high of 73 degrees again on Friday, after a morning low of 63. Atlanta’s previous record high is 72 for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The chance of rain on Christmas Day is 40 percent, Nitz said, adding that the warm, wet weather will persist through the weekend.

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