Hot and humid, Atlanta to feel like a ‘steam bath’

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ATLANTA FORECAST 

Monday: High: 92

Monday night: Low: 75

Tuesday: High: 92

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

It’s expected to feel like 100 degrees in metro Atlanta today, and some areas could see afternoon showers and storms, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“We’ll see the first line of showers and storms come in right around noontime today, continuing to see the activity popping in and out of the area,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. “Not everywhere, but where you do see them, there could be some very heavy downpours.”

 

While the storms should be spotty, metro Atlanta won’t be able to dodge the heat. 

With high temperatures in the low 90s and lingering humidity, Minton said “just a steam bath is what we’re expecting throughout metro Atlanta this afternoon.”

With Monday expected to feel like a ‘steam bath,’ 2-year-old Tre Toole decided to cool off in the Historic Old Fourth Ward Splash Pad. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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She urged people to stay hydrated and keep pets indoors with plenty of fresh water, particularly around 3 p.m. when Atlanta is expected to hit a high of 93 degrees. 

 

It should feel even hotter in southeast Georgia, where a heat advisory is scheduled to go into effect at noon and last through 6 p.m.

 

Northeast Georgia has the best chance of severe weather where storms develop Monday, Minton said. The National Storm Prediction Center has issued a warning for isolated strong to severe storms in the area with threats of damaging winds, heavy rain, hail and lightning.

 

The pattern of heat and daily storms should continue, according to Channel 2. Forecasts for the next four days call for highs in the 90s, above the average high of 88 for this time in June.

Rain chances hover in the 30 to 40 percent chance all week and into the weekend.

 

“We’ll continue with our hot weather for Saturday and Sunday with scattered showers and some storms again,” Minton said. “Not raining all day long, but you’ll dodge one or two here or there.”

Expect the same all the way through Independence Day, according to Channel 2.

 

There are several trouble areas already causing problems for Atlanta commuters kicking off the work week. 

Traffic is filling in on the drive from the northern suburbs and north through downtown, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 

A shooting in Buckhead had Buford Highway just before Lenox Road blocked, but lanes have reopened. 

RELATED: Man rushed to hospital after shooting in Buckhead

 

While it hasn’t caused any traffic issues, a retaining wall has collapsed onto an unfinished portion of the new toll lanes under construction along I-75 and Windy Hill Road in Cobb County.

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And repairs to two sinkholes on Venture Drive in Gwinnett County are still underway. The road is closed between Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road, which is located near Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth.

 

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2018-06-25 14:37:30

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