SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Sports-filled weekend means slow travel to downtown Atlanta, Athens

There's only a slim chance of rain Saturday in Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

In the immortal words of Hank Williams Jr.: Are you ready for some football?

The sport, along with a pair of baseball games, will dominate the weekend for many in metro Atlanta, which means the roads to Athens, downtown Atlanta and Smyrna will be well-traveled.

Those planning on tailgating or attending games won’t have much to worry about weather-wise, since North Georgia should remain hot and mostly dry, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. There’s a 10% chance for a popup shower, but that chance is confined to the late morning hours.

“Before this cold front approaches, we’ll get this little blast of moisture, which will generate a few showers,” Burns said.

The chance of rain dries up at noon, however, well before any games kick off. Georgia Tech hosts South Florida at Bobby Dodd Stadium at 2 p.m., and the university’s police urged fans to drink plenty of water. Atlanta should be in the low 90s at that time, nearing its projected high of 95 degrees.

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The University of Georgia hosts Murray State in its home opener at 4 p.m., and temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s at kickoff.

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Georgia State returns home after the team’s huge upset against Tennessee last weekend to take on Furman in the Panthers’ home opener. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., but it’ll still be toasty outside.

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Kennesaw State hits the road Saturday to take on Kent State at noon, and those planning to travel to Ohio for the game are in for temperatures in the low 90s, according to local weather forecasts.

In Cobb County, the Braves host the Washington Nationals at 7:20 p.m. Saturday and 1:20 p.m. Sunday, so expect the roads to SunTrust Park to be crowded around game time.

Professional football also returns Sunday, but the Falcons start the season away from home. The team opens against the Minnesota Vikings, and any dedicated fans traveling to Minneapolis should expect a 20% chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-60s.

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Mild temperatures like that won’t be seen here for quite awhile, Burns said. As Hurricane Dorian continues to chug into the Atlantic Ocean, it’s taking tons of moisture with it, leaving North Georgia incredibly dry.

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That means it won’t be too humid, but it will be toasty.

Channel 2 meteorologist Eboni Deon said Saturday will be the sixth consecutive day where metro Atlanta temperatures have run well above normal and into the 90s.

“It’s September,” she said. “We should be in the mid-80s but today, you’ll have to find ways to keep cool if you’re heading out.”

On Monday, temperatures in Atlanta are projected to hit 97 degrees, and the city is expected to reach the 90s for several days afterward.

At the moment, the never-ending summer has no end in sight.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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