Heat-fueled thunderstorms expected across Atlanta

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ATLANTA FORECAST  

Wednesday: High: 87

Wednesday night: Low: 69

Thursday: High: 88

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Tuesday’s predicted rainstorms may have fizzled out, but Wednesday’s are expected to be much heftier and wide-reaching.

The 60 percent chance of rain is expected to be concentrated in the hot, sticky afternoon, Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

The morning should be partly cloudy and mostly cool, even if an isolated shower or two can’t be ruled out, Burns said.

The afternoon is when the temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s should meet lots of tropical moisture being pumping into Georgia by an area of high pressure along the Florida coast, Burns said. That means rain — and lots of it.

“We’re going to see some huge tropical downpours,” Burns said. “We can’t rule out rainfall amounts and rainfall rates of up to an inch or inch and a half per hour in some of our heavier storms.”

Those barrages of rain could be accompanied by hail, strong winds and lightning strikes, Burns said. The strongest storm coverage is expected around 4 p.m.

It could potentially affect the end of the Braves’ 12:15 p.m. game against the New York Mets at SunTrust Park. It definitely won’t help the traffic or parking when leaving the game, especially since all lots are permit-only Wednesday.

The storm could also rain out some planned construction Wednesday afternoon across the metro Atlanta area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to close a lane on U.S. 41 in both directions near Rilman Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ga. 139 near East Ontario Avenue and Ga. 154 near Chester Avenue are also expected to have a lane closed in both directions for construction from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. North Druid Hills Road will also have a lane closed in both directions near Lavista Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., GDOT said.

On the bright side, the chance of rain is only expected to go down as the week progresses. There’s a 40 percent chance from Thursday to Saturday, with a 20 percent chance Sunday, Burns said. So there’s no need to cancel those Father’s Day plans.

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2018-06-12 23:28:59

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