Athens, GA Weather for Saturday, July 22, 2017

Partly Cloudy and Hot

20% Chance of PM Showers/Storms

High: 97°F

Low: 72°F

Be sure to drink plenty of water during these hot summer days. Image Credit: National Weather Service (NWS) in Peachtree City, GA

If you haven’t noticed by now, we have entered the “dog days of summer”. The Athens airport hit a high of 98°F, which combined with the high humidity to give us heat index (“feels like”) values somewhere between 100°F – 105°F. A couple of isolated showers and storms popped up in the mountainous regions of north Georgia, but areas around the Classic City remained mostly dry, thanks to an upper-level ridge pattern currently in place. Unfortunately, we’ll have to battle this heat again on Saturday. Rain chances are still around, but it is unlikely to help us out. Keep your fluids up.

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a calm wind. Low near 72°F.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and hot, with a 20% chance of a stray shower or storm in the afternoon and evening hours. Southwesterly wind around 5 mph. High near 97°F. Heat index values around 100°F – 105°F.

Saturday’s Forecast

High temperatures should be pushing into the mid-90s on Saturday. Image Credit: GFS model via Weatherbell

As the late Glenn Frey would say, “the heat is on”. We’ll start the day with clear skies and low temperatures in the lower 70s. As soon as the sun rises, the surface will start warming up. By noon, temperatures should already be in the upper 80s to near 90°F. As the afternoon progresses, we should see partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s. The three-dimensional atmosphere should have a little more moisture in it than it did today, so rain chances increase slightly. However, northeast Georgia should remain vastly dry throughout the day. If a stray shower or storm does occur in the afternoon or evening hours, we could see heavy rainfall, strong winds, and frequent lightning. The humidity and hot temperatures will combine again to give us heat indices somewhere between 100°F – 105°F. Avoid prolonged outdoor activity, and please make sure to drink plenty of water!

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About Ian Boatman

Ian graduated from the University of Georgia on May 5, 2017, with Bachelor of Science degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Geography. Ian has always had a great interest in the weather, starting from the ripe old age of 6. Ian has returned to UGA, where he's working on his Master of Science in Geography. His graduate research covers thunderstorm-related asthma epidemics, which is under the direction of Dr. Andrew Grundstein. Ian is also the Graduate Representative of the UGA student chapter of the American Meteorological Society (UGAAMS). Ian has previous on-air experience, as he has done TV forecasting for WUGA-TV and Grady Newsource. Outside of his moments of being a Weather Geek, you'll probably find Ian wearing red and black, as he is arguably the biggest UGA fanatic you'll ever meet in your life, so much so that he spent all four years of his undergraduate career as a dedicated member of the UGA Spike Squad.

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