MONDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Temps headed to the 80s under a sunny sky

For those wishing for a repeat of the fantastic weather from Easter Sunday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said you’re in luck.

“I’ll give you Easter Sunday and then a few degrees warmer, and just about as sunny as it was yesterday,” he said. “ After some of the cool weather, the showery weather back on Saturday, (Sunday was) a nice bounce back, and it’s going to be a nice day today.”

With no major weather systems on the horizon, metro Atlanta should reach a projected high of 80 degrees Monday under a sunny sky, according to Channel 2.

“Again it’s going to feel more like a May afternoon than an April afternoon,” Monahan said. “80 degrees (is) the typical high for about the 10th day of May. We should be in the low 70s.”

Through the end of the month and into the start of May, he said temperatures look to be above average.

Monday is starting out cool with temperatures in the 50s in Atlanta and the 40s for most other spots in North Georgia. Monahan said you will want to grab a coat to begin the day.

“You won’t need it though, after long,” he said. “Once the sun is up, we’ll warm things up quickly.”

Temps are expected to reach the low 70s by noon, according to Channel 2. While there will be bright sunshine Monday, Monahan said he expects a few more clouds around than on Sunday.

North Georgia is in for a stretch of warm, dry weather. By Wednesday, highs are forecast in the mid-80s.

“Through Wednesday, we’re going to be dry,” Monahan said. “Most of Thursday is going to be dry, may see some showers slip in late. Friday morning, we’ll have some showers coming across North Georgia.”

He said he does not expect any severe weather associated with the system, but a few rumbles of thunder are possible. There is a 60 percent chance of rain Friday, according to Channel 2.

Saturday should be another dry day before isolated showers return for Sunday, Monahan said.

Volume is building to start the Monday morning drive, but metro Atlanta interstates are still moving fine, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

“Really not a bad start to the rush hour at all,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said.

Drivers are still contending with the effects of heavy rain from last week, however. In Midtown, expect some delays on West Peachtree Street at 3rd Street while crews work to repair a sinkhole, the Traffic Center reported.

Sinkhole repairs continue in Rockdale County, too. Rowland Road between Rockdale County High School, C.J. Hicks Elementary and Rockdale Magnet School remains closed, according to authorities. Pine Log Road and Eastview Road are possible alternates, the Traffic Center reported.

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

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