Friday: High: 71
Friday night: Low: 53
Saturday: High: 73
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After what has seemed like an endless summer, North Georgia is waking up to some chilly fall temperatures Friday morning.
Atlanta is starting out in the mid-50s, about 15 degrees cooler than it was this time Thursday.
“It’s about time,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said. “We’ve had summer lasting so long, so we can enjoy this. We’ll probably have some temperature variances over the next couple of weeks, going up and down, but no more 90s.”
It’s not just the temperatures that set Friday morning apart. Thursday saw the last of Tropical Storm Michael clear out of the state, dumping up to 6 inches of rain in metro Atlanta and leaving behind downed trees and power outages.
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While cleanup continues Friday, at least it’s dry, less humid and much cooler for those working outside, Minton said. A cold front has come in behind the storm.
“There will be a few high clouds that will drift in later on, but it’s just going to be a beautiful day,” she said.
Temperatures should still be in the 60s by lunchtime, Minton said. For the drive home from work, Atlanta will be in the low 70s before cooling down again overnight.
The cooler weather is expected to stick around for a while. The weekend should see highs in the 70s and morning lows in the 50s, with a little bump in the heat expected on Monday with a high of 81.
“It’s going to stay dry for you for early next week ,” Minton said. “The first chance of showers returns Tuesday.”
All that rain from Michael should help with drought conditions in Georgia, according to Channel 2. Abnormally dry conditions have been creeping into the state, Minton said, but the latest data does not reflect rainfall during the tropical storm. New numbers are expected next Thursday.
There is light volume for the start of the Friday morning drive, but an overnight paving project is slowing things down in Gwinnett County, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
There are “pretty tough delays” on I-85 South at Hamilton Mill Road, the Traffic Center reported.
“It’s just blocked for a couple hundred yards there,” Traffic Center reporter Mark Arum said. “Once you clear that, you’re fine down to the Mall of Georgia, but about three miles of backed up traffic on I-85 South trying to get in from northern Gwinnett County.”
There are no trouble spots on I-20 on either side of the city. Volume is building on the Perimeter, but traffic is still moving along smoothly, according to the Traffic Center.
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