Worst of brutal heat over for Atlanta area
by John Roach
July 03, 2012 01:15 AM | 2080 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The worst of the heat is over, weather forecasters say.

“The areas of thunderstorms that have developed ... created a pseudo-front that pushed southward, and that got the extreme heat out for the time being,” said Mark Ressler, lead meteorologist for Cobb-based The Weather Channel.

Ressler said that while the days of temperatures of 105 degrees are over, highs are expected to remain in the low to mid 90s for the rest of the week.

“(It will) still be hot, but a lot lower temperatures than what we were dealing with over the weekend,” he said.

With the cooling off comes a chance of rain all week, which Ressler said the area needs.

“There will be a chance of thunderstorms each day,” he said.

Laura Belanger, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said cloud cover kept it relatively cool Monday.

“It was really the clouds that kept temperatures from warming too quickly,” she said.

Temperatures were in the high 80s and low 90s Monday afternoon.

“We’re looking for overnight lows to be mid-70s and our high temperatures to start a gradual decreasing trend,” she said, calling for highs in the mid to upper 90s through Thursday.

“It’s sad to say that’s a break,” she said with a laugh.
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