Afternoon storms expected in heart of Atlanta

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ATLANTA FORECAST  

Thursday: High: 88

Thursday night: Low: 72

Friday: High: 89

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

Strap in folks, because rain is on the way Thursday afternoon. And the day after that. And the day after that. And … you get the drill.

Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns predicts that metro Atlanta will experience dry mornings and scattered storms in the afternoon for the rest of June.

Yes, the rest of the month. And he said that’s just the warmup for July.

“Then we get into our rainy season,” Burns said. “Yes, July — our wettest month of the year.”

There is a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday, which will mostly show up as afternoon thunderstorms and showers across North Georgia. Every day through Monday has a 30 percent chance of rain except for Father’s Day, which has only a 20 percent chance.

Lightning and high winds could have the potential to down trees across the metro area, Burns said. Those storms should also produce heavy amounts of rainfall, potentially resulting in ponding on the roads and interstates.

However, all of it should wrap up by the evening because the storms will lose their fuel source.

“The thunderstorm energy is shut down without the heating of the day,” Burns said. “So the cooling of the day will shut everything down once again.”

The temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s Thursday, and will build to a predicted high of 92 degrees by Monday, Burns said.

The rain may not flow into Atlanta in time to postpone the Georgia Department of Transportation’s multitude of lane closures within the Perimeter on Thursday.

U.S. 41 near I-285 will have one lane closed in both directions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ga. 139 near East Ontario Avenue will have all lanes closed in both directions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., GDOT said. And North Druid Hills Road will also have one lane closed in both directions near Lavista Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There’s a chance the last waves of thunderstorms could affect the Braves’ game against the San Diego Padres at SunTrust Park at 7:35 p.m. Fans should plan accordingly and expect some extra traffic.

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter. 

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2018-06-13 23:41:22

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