Meteorologist Karen Minton has your full weather forecast

Light rain finally scatters across metro Atlanta


Today: Partly sunny. High: 66

Tonight: Late isolated showers. Low: 43

Tomorrow: Showers possible. Clearing skies. High: 70

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

Light rains covered metro Atlanta and areas that needed it the most: North Georgia. 

The rain should be a much needed help to contain wildfires that have been burning in the region for weeks. 

But don't expect showers to last. 

Any rain metro Atlanta gets will clear by the time you leave the house Thanksgiving Day, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

Meteorologists originally forecast a 20 percent chance of rain late Wednesday.

Atlanta has recorded 37 consecutive days without measurable rainfall. The record, set in 1884, is 39 days.

Weather conditions have been so dry, 52 counties are under stiff new watering restrictions.

The restrictions, which limit outdoor watering to two days a week, also ban power-washing homes and watering at outdoor fountains and car washes. They affect most of metro Atlanta and North Georgia. 

Smoke and poor air quality in metro Atlanta have been the more noticeable affects of the drought and fires in the North Georgia mountains.

The Air Quality Index was at a moderate 76 at 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to AirNow, which keeps track of air quality changes.

Temperatures were 61 degrees in Atlanta, 54 degrees in Blairsville and 52 degrees in Griffin just before10 p.m. Expected temps to reach the 70s on Thanksgiving Day. The average high this time of year in Atlanta is 61 degrees.

» The Air Quality Scale used in Atlanta:

“Good” AQI is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

“Moderate” AQI is 51 to 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example, people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.

“Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” AQI is 101 to 150. Although the general public is not likely to be affected at this range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air. “Unhealthy” AQI is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.

“Very Unhealthy” is AQI is 201 to 300. This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.

“Hazardous” AQI is greater than 300. This would trigger a health warning of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

» Here are tips from the Georgia Department of Public Health:

Pay attention to local air quality reports and news coverage related to smoke.

Keep indoor air as clean as possible, keeping windows and doors closed.

Run an air conditioner, and keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean.

Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution such as vacuuming, burning candles or using fireplaces or gas stoves.

Do not rely on paper dust masks, which will not protect your lungs from the small particles found in wildfire smoke.

Follow the advice of your doctor or other health care provider if you have asthma or another lung disease.

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