WEDNESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Cooler than average with isolated showers

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan has your forecast

A system to the east is still dominating North Georgia’s weather and sending more cool air this way Wednesday.

The area of low pressure is now spinning over North Carolina, according to Channel 2 Action News. It is keeping most of the rain away, but forecast temperatures in Georgia will again be about 10 degrees lower than average.

“This low pressure area is just stuck on us,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “It doesn’t want to go anywhere, and until that happens we’re not going to warm up.”

Metro Atlanta is starting the day in the 50s and low 60s and should warm into the upper 70s by the afternoon.

“That means it is the coolest June morning since 2012,” Monahan said. “Yes, we do not get this cool in the month of June usually. It’s been eight years since we’ve been in the 50s.”

The projected high is 78 degrees, according to Channel 2.  Typically, highs are in the upper 80s for mid-June.

The low pressure is also contributing to a fair amount of cloud cover. Monahan said a few isolated showers and thunderstorms could develop from those clouds Wednesday afternoon.

“Nothing all that widespread, nothing all that heavy, but there will be the chance for a little bit of rain through late this afternoon,” he said.

The rain chance is low at 30%, according to Channel 2. Eleven out of the 14 hours of daylight Wednesday should be dry.

Monahan said showers will start in the mountains and gradually drift down toward metro Atlanta. Any rain still left after sunset is expected to dry up overnight.

Another 30% chance of rain is in the forecast Thursday, but temperatures are rising. By Friday afternoon, Monahan said highs will be in the upper 80s.

Summer officially begins Saturday with the summer solstice at 5:43 p.m.

“We will turn on summertime in time for summertime this weekend,” Monahan said. “The low that’s keeping us unsettled is moving on away, moving off the East Coast.”

Strong high pressure will build in by the weekend, he said, which will set North Georgia up for highs near 90 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

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There are no early delays on metro Atlanta interstates Wednesday, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

No major crashes have been reported as of 6 a.m., the Traffic Center reported. Even the Downtown Connector is delay-free in both directions.

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