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Holiday weekend warm, but storms may butt in
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As you head out this weekend to the various Memorial Day activities, you may want to be sure to have an umbrella handy.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 40 to 70 percent chance of rain all weekend through Monday night.

Though the sun won’t be around much, temperatures are expected to be relatively warm, with easterly winds around 10 mph.

Today’s high is expected to be around 75 degrees, with a low around 64 and a 70 percent chance of rain.

Sunday, temperatures will remain steady but the odds of thunderstorms drop to 50 percent.

Memorial Day is expected to be the warmest of the weekend, with a predicted high of 78 degrees, but there is a 50 percent chance of rain.

Only a trace of rain was recorded Friday at the NWS recording station at Gainesville’s Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport. Lake Lanier’s water level was at 1,065.46 feet as of Friday afternoon.

A number of outdoor activities are planned for Memorial Day, including the annual Gainesville parade sponsored by American Legion Paul E. Bolding Post 7. The parade is expected to begin at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church on Green Street and end on Spring Street at the E.E. Butler Parkway.

There also is a free 11:30 a.m. memorial service scheduled in the veterans section of Memorial Park Cemetery. The event will include a disposal of worn American flags.

A "Memorial Day Blast" event is set for 8-9 p.m. at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen. The event will include relay races, a hoedown and campfire.

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