You can run, but you can’t hide from the heat this weekend.
The entire state will see temperatures hit at least 90 degrees at some point on Saturday afternoon, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.
This hot streak is caused by an area of high pressure hovering over Alabama, which is causing already warm air to condense over Georgia, heating it up even more, Burns said.
“We’re just dealing with an area of high pressure, and it’s just dominant,” he said. “It isn’t going anywhere.”
Burns said to remember it will also be hot in the shade, so whether you’re heading to a lake or planning to hike in the North Georgia mountains, bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said she expects the heat will break records during the long weekend.
“I can already hear my bills going up,” Walls said. “We’re expected to break records through Tuesday by 1 to 2 degrees.”
Average temperatures for this time of year range from 63 to 82 degrees, but Saturday started at 76 and should hit 95 in Atlanta before the day is over.
If the city hits its expected high, that would topple the current record high of 93 degrees for May 25, Walls said.
The long weekend should stay dry, too, as there’s no rain forecast for at least the next five days.
“We’re in desperate need of some rain, but we won’t be seeing much of it over the next week or so,” Burns said.
Atlanta should’ve endured the worst holiday traffic delays Friday, so the interstates shouldn’t be too crowded Saturday. The Georgia Department of Transportation has halted all construction-related lane closures on Atlanta interstates and near state tourist attractions and recreation centers through Tuesday morning.
There is a light at the end of this arid tunnel, Burns said. A week or so into June, rain levels are predicted to be above average for North Georgia.
If you don’t mind the heat, this Memorial Day weekend was tailor-made for you. Again, just remember to keep sunscreen close, try to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water.
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