After a week of sunny skies, rainy weather is returning to North Georgia just in time for the Labor Day weekend.
The National Weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook that warned of possible thunderstorms today and Sunday.
“Storms are expected mainly in the afternoon and early evening hours. Thunderstorms will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds and frequent lightning strikes,” the outlook said.
According to weather service forecaster Mike Leary, there is a 50 percent chance of precipitation each day.
If you are participating in any celebrations on Labor Day itself, prepare for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Outdoor activities are likely to be affected, Leary said.
Severe storms are not expected but local showers are capable of producing heavy rainfall, according to the outlook.
The wet weather is caused by a high pressure system to the north.
“We are on the southern side of the pressure system that is bringing Atlantic moisture into Georgia,” Leary said.
The system will continue to cause showers across North Georgia through Tuesday before letting up by midweek.
Temperatures will be warm over the weekend. Today will see highs in the mid-80s, in the upper 80s on Sunday.
Despite this summer’s heavy rainfall, this particular forecast isn’t abnormal for the time of year. Labor Day weekends in both 2012 and 2011 received over an inch of rainfall and daytime temperatures stayed mostly in the mid-80s.