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Sunny weather coming this weekend

POSTED: April 5, 2013 1:09 a.m.

If you’re wondering if temperatures in North Georgia are ever going to warm up, they should start doing just that today.

“That’s a common question,’ said Ryan Willis, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. That may be especially true after Thursday’s high of 47 was an all-time low record for the date.

“The good news is that it’s going to (warm up),” he said.

Willis said east winds keeping a wedge of low pressure jammed against the Appalachian Mountains were causing the chilly, windy, rainy conditions in the area Thursday.

“But that should start to change overnight,” he said. “By (today), we’ll be in the 60s. The rain should start clearing out, and the weekend looks really nice.”

Today’s forecast calls for showers until about 2 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high in the low 60s.

The sun will come out Saturday, according to the forecast, and the high is expected to hit 70. Sunday’s high is predicted to be 69, under sunny skies. Weekend lows are predicted to hover around the 50-degree mark.

“Headed into next week, it just gets warmer,” Willis said.

Lake Lanier, which has left the winter full pool mark of 1,070 feet above sea level behind and was at 1,070.20 feet on Thursday night, should continue to benefit from the rain. Officials have said the full impact on Lake Lanier from runoff into creeks and streams is not seen for up to two days.

“Any rainfall helps,” Willis said. “It’s definitely a far cry from what we’ve had the last couple of years.”

The latest drought monitor released Thursday showed most of Georgia has moved out of drought conditions. Some counties in Central Georgia and others along the coast and up the Savannah River are abnormally dry or considered to be in moderate drought. No areas of the state are in the three most severe categories of drought, severe, extreme and exceptional.

“With the pattern that’s in place, we should get more of these systems that bring rain,” Willis said. “That should keep the water levels in the lake up where we would like them to be.”

And you might want to begin looking for those shorts and swimsuits that have migrated to the back of the closet.

“The long-term outlook does look like we’ll have slightly warmer temperatures than average,” Willis said.


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