Wednesday has been a scorcher in Atlanta, and it feels like 98 degrees outside, according to Channel 2 Action News.
After hitting 95 degrees, the city has settled at 93, but with a dew point of 69 degrees, the muggy air is making itself known.
Traffic is omnipresent across the Northside, especially the Perimeter, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported. The interstate is recovering from an inner loop crash at Chamblee Tucker Road, which has since been cleared.
I-20 East in Cobb County is also enduring heavy delays after a wreck blocked two lanes near Riverside Parkway, the Traffic Center reported. The lanes have reopened, but westbound traffic is jammed back to the Downtown Connector.
In Lilburn, Five Forks Trickum Road is shut down near Patterson Road due to a gas leak, the Traffic Center reported. It’s unclear when the leak will be capped and the road will reopen.
Afternoon storms never popped up in metro Atlanta, but they are still possible in the evening, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. The rain chance is 40%.
With the dry day Tuesday, there was more moisture in the air Wednesday morning to bump temperatures up a few degrees, Monahan said. With the exception of the northeast Georgia mountains, all of North Georgia hit the 90s, according to Channel 2.
Scattered storms are possible into late Wednesday evening. Once they pass, Monahan said North Georgia is looking at a dry day in the forecast Thursday. The rain chance drops below 10% but goes back up to 30% Friday, according to Channel 2.
“That’s that kind of seesaw rain pattern,” Monahan said.
The storm chances and the heat stick around through the end of the week. While scattered storms are likely Saturday, storms will be more isolated Sunday, according to the latest forecast.
“Low 90s for highs,” Monahan said. “Over the weekend, we push toward the mid-90s by Sunday.”
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