WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Temps hit the 90s as humidity rolls back in

ATLANTA FORECAST 

Wednesday: High: 92

Wednesday night: Low: 74

Thursday: High: 91

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The temperature in Atlanta seems to have peaked just as the evening commute — and ensuing traffic — began. 

There are heavy construction-related delays on the I-285 Outer Loop past Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County. Traffic through that area is considerably slow, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

 

A vehicle fire on I-285 at Riverside Drive in Fulton County has blocked a right lane and ramp, according to the Traffic Center. Delays are building quickly.

Tonight, the Braves game against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:35 p.m. at SunTrust Park should also bring extra congestion to Cobb.

After peaking at 92 degrees in Atlanta, which was the predicted high, the temperature is now 90, according to Channel 2 Action News. A few showers have also formed in the North Georgia mountains.

There will be no more dry air from Hurricane Chris to stave off the humidity when the system moves away from the East Coast later Wednesday, according to Channel 2 Action News.

 

And that is expected to trigger the return of storms in the late afternoon and early evening.

“We'll see a little more coverage in the rain as we head into the afternoon here than we have the last couple of days,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. 

 

While the potential for rain is higher Wednesday at 30 percent, showers and storms should help to knock temperatures down.

“We're going to watch temperatures take a dive once those showers build up, but once they stop then they'll rebound again,” Minton said. “So it’s going to be hot, it’s going to be steamy out there today.”

 

In tandem with the return of the hot, sticky air, the chance of rain will increase to 40 percent Thursday and Friday. The rain should continue into the weekend, Minton said.

“It’s widespread on Friday and Saturday, and so your better day for this weekend for outdoor things would be on Sunday as the rain chances drop back to about 30 percent for just some scattered showers,” Minton said.

 

The trend of daily showers and storms should continue through the end of the month, according to Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns.

"If you're making plans, we're expecting wetter than average weather (from July 16 to July 20), and July is already the wettest month of the year,” Burns said.

(Channel 2 Action News)

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