Athens, GA Weather for Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunny and Warm!
High: 72°F
Low: 38°F

First Day of Spring! 

It was an absolutely beautiful Sunday across the Classic City. For once, temperatures were typical for the middle of March with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s. Spring officially begins tomorrow morning at 6:29 a.m. EDT! We’ll see one night of chilly temperatures and then a big warm up is on the way as we head into Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Could we see highs in the 80s by Tuesday? Will we see any rain chances to help our drought conditions this week? Find out below in our “Sneak Peek of the Week” section!

Visible satellite imagery showing plenty of sunshine across the Southeast today. Image Credit: COD Weather

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: clear and cold. Light northerly winds. Low near 38°F.

Monday (First Day of Spring): sunny and warmer. Southwest winds at 5-10 mph. High near 72°F.

Monday’s Forecast

First day of spring will start off chilly with temperatures in the upper 30s. We should remain above freezing, which is good news for farmers in the state. We’ll see plenty of sunshine with temperatures climbing into the low 70s. Some spots south of I-20 could climb into the mid 70s tomorrow afternoon. Overall, should be a beautiful start to the work week!

Image Credit: NWS at Peachtree City

Sneak Peek of the Week

First half of the week is looking absolutely gorgeous with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. We could be approaching 80°F by Tuesday afternoon. It won’t last long as a cold front slides into the area Wednesday giving us a chance for a few showers. High temperatures will likely drop 20 degrees between Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will likely stay in the 50s Thursday afternoon thanks to a wedge set-up. A cold front will approach us by next weekend giving us our next big rain chance Saturday night into Sunday. We’ll likely warm up ahead of the front and could see a few thunderstorms. Still far away, but we’ll watch it. Overall, the only day with below average temperatures appears to be on Thursday.

Next 16 days from the GFS model indicating fairly warm weather for the end of March and early April. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Tuesday: mostly sunny and very warm. Wake up temperatures in the low 50s. Highs near 80.

Wednesday: mostly cloudy with a few showers possible. Wake up temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s. Highs in the mid 70s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Wake up temperatures in the low 40s. High temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy and warmer. Wake up temperatures in the low 40s. Highs in the mid 60s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a stray shower or storm possible. Wake up temperatures in the low 50s. Highs in the low-to-mid 70s.

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About Matt Daniel

Matt is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science degree in Geography and Atmospheric Sciences. At the University of Georgia, Matt also earned a certificate in the Music Business program. Matt has interned with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, ABC 33/40 with James Spann in Birmingham, Alabama, 13 WMAZ in Macon, GA with Ben Jones, and worked with WNEG-TV behind the scenes with Eric Elliot. Matt Daniel is currently the weekend meteorologist for the CBS station 13WMAZ in Macon, Georgia. He also works as a freelance Weather Producer at CNN. Matt writes weather/climate stories for the nationally acclaimed website, EarthSky.org and also contributed to articles via MSN Weather. He participated and played trumpet for the Redcoat Marching Band, and was also a member of the Volleyball band in 2006-2008. Matt was the President of the local student chapter of the University of Georgia American Meteorological Society (AMS) during the 2013-2014 year. He was also the Vice President of the UGA AMS chapter for the 2012-2013 season, and is currently an active member of the national American Meteorological Society. Matt released his solo album (yes, he writes music too!) on August 18, 2015. You can listen and purchase his album here.

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