Athens, GA Weather for Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mostly Sunny

Late Afternoon Scattered Showers/Storms

High: 90°F

Low: 65°F

A few cumulus clouds have popped up in north Georgia. Image Credit: NOAA/NASA via COD NEXLAB

It was a hot day in the Classic City today. We achieved a hot high of 92°F, which is five degrees short of the record set on this day in 1962. Moisture has also started to push into the area, so it’s starting to feel rather humid out there. The high pressure ridge pattern that has been influencing our area over the last several days is slowly moving east into the Atlantic Ocean. Behind it, more moisture is expected to enter our neck of the woods. Could we see a couple of showers on Saturday? Where will our temperatures be? Scroll down to find out!

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a southeasterly wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Fog developing overnight. Low near 65°F.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a 30% chance of scattered showers and storms in the late afternoon and evening hours. Southeasterly wind around 5 mph. High near 90°F.

Saturday’s Forecast

Projected high temperatures for Saturday afternoon. Image Credit: GFS model via Weatherbell

We’ll start the day with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. Areas of patchy fog should be developing before sunrise, but should erode away by around 8 a.m. EDT. Sunny skies will be a main feature of Saturday’s forecast, with high temperatures around 90°F. Gulf moisture should also be moving into the area tomorrow, so you should feel the humidity.

A couple of showers and storms may move into the area late Saturday afternoon. Image Credit: NAM-WRF 3km via Weatherbell

An upper-level trough to our west will be moving towards the Southeast. While it’ll be creating greater chances on Sunday, it’ll introduce some chances for rain for area Saturday afternoon. However, northwest Georgia seems to have the better chances at showers and storms, according to our latest short-range forecast models. Rain chances should start around 3 p.m. EDT, but our greatest chances for rain should occur during the overnight hours from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Don’t be surprised if you hear rain and thunder during the middle of the night. Image Credit: NAM-WRF 3km model via Weatherbell

Models show a line of showers and storms pushing through northeast Georgia around midnight Sunday. It looks like there will be decent amount of atmospheric instability for thunderstorms, but other ingredients for severe weather, such as wind shear, will likely be lacking. As a result, some strong storms may be expected, but this shouldn’t be a huge severe weather threat. We’ll have our eyes on this when the time comes. Come check tomorrow’s post for updated information.

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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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