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Temperatures to plunge to upper 50s this weekend

ATLANTA -- Low temperatures are forecast to get down into the low 60s Sunday night in the city of Atlanta, and in the upper 50s for the north Georgia mountain towns.

That is according to 11Alive meteorologist Allison Chinchar.

"The Atlanta record for Sunday night/Monday morning is 63 degrees," Chinchar said Friday.

Temperatures will get even colder in parts of the upper Midwest and northern plains states.

Cities such as Minneapolis, Duluth, Bismark and Green Bay will see lows in the low to mid 40s Saturday night. Other cities such as Chicago, Des Moines and St. Louis will be flirting with record lows Saturday night as well.

It is not out of the question that some rural communities in Minnesota and North Dakota could see lows fall below 40 degrees -- in July!

Atlanta Weather | Friday Forecast

Partly cloudy skies today with just an isolated chance for rain in the second half of the day. Afternoon high temperatures will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Tonight mostly cloudy skies with overnight low temperatures around 70 degrees.

Heavy showers and a few thunderstorms return Saturday, otherwise mostly cloudy skies. High temperatures will be slightly cooler in the mid 80s. 

The second half of the weekend has just an isolated storm chance, along with high temperatures in the mid 80s.

Crazy Cold Air for July Coming Down the Pike!!!

Crazy Cold Air for July Coming Down the Pike!!!

As we all know we have had a very cool and wet summer! Not only has it been wet and cool here, but it has been wet and cool across the heartland as well. It is this persistent pattern we call the NW flow, and again all that means is that we get the jet stream from the north cutting towards the SE and that brings disturbances in one after the other. Those disturbances cool the air, and fire off new storms that get pushed by the NW jet stream flow. It is totally a self feeding mechanism that is almost impossible to break so just like I said in last night's blog I think this might continue for a while, possibly into the fall / winter.

Atlanta Weather | Friday Forecast

Tonight - Partly cloudy skies with overnight lows falling off into the lower 70's and upper 60's. A slim chance of an overnight storm.

Tomorrow - Partly cloudy and warm, highs in the upper 80's and lower 90's. Just a 20% chance of afternoon showers.

Where is Tropical Storm Dorian

Where is Tropical Storm Dorian

Tropical storm Dorian is chugging along in the Atlantic and is maintaining its strength and speed. RIght now it has max winds around 60mph and is moving WNW at around 17mph. The NHC says in their latest discussion that they don't think this will turn into a hurricane, but in the latest round of visible satellite images the storm looks very organized for a weak tropical storm, and it is entering an area that has some weak winds at the upper winds. I think we could see Dorian turn into a hurricane within the next 36 hours.

In terms of the direction it will go, I think it is going to stay well to the south of Hispanola and Cuba and actual;ly head towards the Yucatan Peninsula. Why? Because of the stagnant NW flow pattern we have has the last severeal months has forced a huge upper high to develop over New Mexico, that combined with the blocking high in the Atlantic will continue to force Dorian to ride the upper highs and stay well to the south of the US as well.

Record Air Quality In Atlanta

Record Air Quality In Atlanta

It’s official…Atlanta has just hit a smog record. Smog-free that is. In recorded history, Atlanta has never made it this far into summer without a smog alert.

While many Georgia residents may be sick of all the rain we’ve had, it definitely has made a huge impact on the air quality and ozone levels. Also, we’ve only had six days this year of 90° or higher, and while that feels great, it’s the underlying cause that is helping our air.

In order to have bad air quality days you have to have cloud-free conditions, with wind-free, rather stagnant air. This year, even when it hasn’t been raining,it has been cloudy, often times even overcast. We’ve also had very few days where there wasn’t at least a light breeze. Those things help prevent the air quality and ozone from getting so bad that an alert has to be put out.

Atlanta Weather | Tropical Storm Dorian

Atlanta Weather | Tropical Storm Dorian
Tropical Storm Dorian, the forth named storm in the Atlantic ocean for the 2013 Hurricane season is a little over 2,400 miles east of Puerto Rico. OutLook:After emerging in the eastern Atlantic on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to arrive near Puerto Rico on Monday. The storm strengthened slightly overnight and currently has top winds of 60 mph. Impact On Georgia: It's too early to say whether Georgia, the Gulf Coast States or the U.S.