So the good news is we shouldn’t threaten the record of 102 degrees today.
But you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that can tell the difference between the mid-90s and low-100s. Because hot is hot.
WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish says there will be no break in the heat wave today. High temperatures are expected to reach 96 degrees with the heat index in the Metro 99-102.
There is a code orange smog alert in effect for all of metro Atlanta. That means the air quality is “likely to be unhealthy for children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease,” according to the advisory.
The National Weather Service has also issued a heat advisory east of a line from Fort Benning to Thomaston to Covington to Athens. This includes Newton and Walton Counties. The advisory is from noon until 8 p.m. Heat index values are expected to reach 105, according to the NWS.
So the next question is, when will temperatures get closer to normal? The end is in sight, but it might not be until July.
“No big change in the weather pattern for a couple of days,” says Mellish. “But it does look like the hot dome of upper-level high pressure will weaken some as we end the week and get into the weekend. That will allow the extreme heat to back off just a tad and increase the chance of a pop up thunderstorm.”
With that being said, Mellish is calling for highs between 93 and 96 degrees for the rest of the work week. There is a 30 percent chance of an isolated thunderstorm Thursday and Friday.
For father’s day weekend, Mellish says there is a mix of sun and clouds both days and the chance of a thundershower is too minimal to worry about. Highs will be around 93.
But the break (so to speak) in the heat might just be temporary.
“It looks like the heat may re-intensify before the month is over,” says Mellish.
Mayor Kasim Reed has announced the city will provide cooling stations for people to take advantage of due to the heat. 11 public swimming pools will also be free to patrons.
The cooling stations are as follows:
Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center 250 Georgia Avenue, S.E. Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 658-6395