Nearly 20-degree temperature drop on the way this weekend

Tired of “Second Summer” and looking for Fall temperatures?

A cold front will arrive Saturday, bringing a blast of cooler air that will send temperatures tumbling as much as 20 degrees this weekend!

Ahead of the cold front, afternoon temperatures will swell into the mid to upper 80s through Friday.

The cold front will bring increasing cloud cover Friday evening, and isolated rain showers are possible for High School Football games Friday night. The better chance for rain will occur early Saturday morning before tapering off in the afternoon.

Once the rain clears out, a brisk northwest wind will usher cooler air into Metro Atlanta, and morning lows will drop to the mid to upper 40s Sunday morning.

Coolest air since May?

This weekend’s cool down will feature morning lows in the 40s and afternoon highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Metro Atlanta briefly experienced temperatures this cool about three weeks ago, when morning lows dropped to the mid 40s and low 50s on September 23 and 24.

Beyond that cool spell, the last time temperatures were this chilly -- especially in the afternoon -- was May 12, 2021, when the afternoon high reached 67 degrees at the Atlanta Airport.

Looking ahead to the next three months

This weekend marks the first taste of “fall” since the Autumnal Equinox, a span of nearly 3 weeks between the two cool snaps. Taking a look at the next three months, the Climate Prediction Center indicates that above average temperatures are expected through the rest of October and into December.

Noticing an upward trend in the fall temperatures? You are not alone -- Meteorologist Kirk Mellish has compiled and analyzed data from the past 50 years, and the data indicates that Autumn temperatures are overall trending warmer over the previous 5 decades.

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