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Cool temps to return to fall norms by weekend
No rain forecast this week
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Caden Cotton gives 2-year-old Marley McDaniel a ride down the slide at Longwood Park in Gainesville. Monday brought cooler weather to the region, with highs in the 50s. - photo by J. Bryan Stiles

You may be shivering now, but don’t put the shorts and T-shirts away just yet, as temperatures are expected to be back in the mid-70s by the weekend.

“A cold front went through,” said Nate Mayes, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. “It’s rather normal. We’re not setting records. It’s fall.”

Temperatures recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville dropped from a high of 79 and a low of 57 on Saturday to a high of 69 and a low of 56 on Sunday and a high of 57 and a low of 52 Monday.

The forecast calls for a low near 50 tonight, dropping to the lower 40s Wednesday night.

“It looks like Wednesday night will be the coldest” of this period of cooler weather, Mayes said.

While the shift in temperatures may have been abrupt, Mayes said they’re not far off the normal range for this time of year.

Lows are normally around 52 and highs near 75 in Northeast Georgia in early- to mid-October.

“The clouds we have today will keep temperatures up, and then we’ll get some radiational cooling,” Mayes said.

After the cold front passes, temperatures will be back in the normal to slightly above normal range, he said.

The forecast calls for a high of 64 today, climbing to 74 Wednesday.

A slight dip to a high of 72 is predicted for Thursday, with a low of 51 in the outlook.

But the weather service call for highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s for the weekend.

The days should be partly to mostly sunny, with partly cloudy nights, except for mostly clear on Thursday evening, through the rest of the week.

No rain is in the forecast until a 20 percent chance of showers on Sunday night.

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