With just three weeks to go before the official start of summer, North Georgia will feel the heat this week.
Temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s are in the forecast, and it will be increasingly muggy as the week goes on, according to Channel 2 Action News. As the humidity builds, so do the rain chances.
Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said Monday will be comfortable and dry with no rain to worry about.
“The humidity stays comfortable today, but the mugginess is going to come up,” he said. “You will feel that change, especially by Wednesday afternoon.”
Sunlight is strong this time of year, and Monahan said there will be little in the way of clouds Monday to block it out. All daylight hours should be sunny with a high UV index, he said.
“Any clouds that develop should fall apart as we head through the evening,” he said. “It should be a mostly clear evening overall, and a dry start to your Tuesday morning.”
A few showers to the west Tuesday afternoon likely won’t make it into North Georgia, he said. Tuesday should also stay dry, but a 20% chance of a shower arrives for Wednesday, according to Channel 2.
Despite the increasing chance of rain, temperatures are on the rise. Monday’s projected high is 84 degrees, Tuesday’s is 86 and Wednesday’s is 88.
“By Wednesday, we could have our first 90-degree day in Atlanta,” Monahan said. “Right now I'm going to keep us just short of it, but I'll be watching that over the next few days.”
Monahan said the rain chances don’t really ramp up until the weekend. It won’t be much rainfall, he said, but more neighborhoods will have a chance of showers and storms.
The heavier stuff is likely to stay to the south, where a developing tropical system is sending plenty of moisture to fuel rain activity, he said.
Monday is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Monahan said it is likely a storm will develop in the Gulf of Mexico later this week.
There are no major delays on metro Atlanta interstates Monday morning, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
“Really no reason to rush outside of the house, folks,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said. “The interstates are still lighter than normal.”
Volume could pick up through the morning with more people returning to work Monday, the Traffic Center reported.
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