WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: GSU graduation, Atlanta United match challenge for commuters

ATLANTA FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. High: 83

Tonight: Scattered clouds. Low: 63

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High: 86

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

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Warm weather is here, but evening commuters might have to enjoy it from the comfort of their cars. 

Expect delays downtown near Georgia State’s stadium starting at 5 p.m. for the school’s first two commencement ceremonies. More graduations are slated for Thursday and Friday at the same time. 

And Atlanta United’s soccer match against Sporting KC at 7:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t help traffic in that area.

A Code Orange smog alert was issued for metro Atlanta on Wednesday, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

“People with respiratory issues should limit their time outdoors this afternoon and evening,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

A Code Orange alert means people with respiratory issues, older adults and children are at greater risk from exposure to the ozone. Atlanta’s air quality index is 84, which is in the moderate range. 

 

Temperatures in Atlanta have slowly continued to rise Wednesday. It’s currently 83 degrees, the expected high. The average for this time of year is 78.

Light rain is expected, Channel 2 reported. 

“(Showers) will be few and far between,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. 

 

Rain should leave the region by sunset. 

Wednesday’s pollen count is 104 particles per cubic meter of air, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma. That number is in the moderate range and well below the season high of 5,098

The 90s should make their 2018 debut this weekend as Mother’s Day is expected to reach that number, Channel 2 reported. 

“Even during the overnight hours, temperatures are going to be very mild,” Minton said. 

 

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