Temperatures are expected to remain hovering up and above the 90 degree mark in Polk County for the final week of May following what could best be described as unseasonably cooler temperatures in weeks past.
The National Weather Service forecasters in Peachtree City put the temperature above 90 on the thermometer on Monday and predict another sunny and clear day up to 91 for today, followed by much the same for Wednesday and Thursday as temps reach 92 in the forecast.
Rainfall might be expected on Thursday with scattered thunderstorms possible, and Friday as well with a 40% rain in the afternoon hours. Hopefully that will clear in time for Friday evening’s graduation ceremony at Rockmart High School, and following that Saturday morning at Cedartown High School.
Chances of showers and temps back into the mid 80s are predicted for Saturday and Sunday, per the forecast from Peachtree City’s office for the NWS.
Want to keep cool in hot weather? Learn more about how to stay safe when the thermometer rises in this recent Live Well Polk column.
The latest heatwave in Polk comes just weeks after temperatures had dipped back down toward the early spring levels, dipping back down in the 50s for a final chill as recent as May 13 in the air before summertime conditions arrive.
Also of note, the first named tropical storm formed in the Atlantic ahead of what’s previously recognized as the official start of hurricane season for North and South America and the Caribbean Sea. Tropical Storm Ana beat the start date and spun up, but didn’t last as the NWS did not have any active storms they are tracking as of writing on Monday night.
The weather agency for the nation predicts at least 13 named storms – and no more than 20 – to be the likelihood for summer and fall 2021 (the season officially ends in November) but not a historic season as was seen in 2020. Last year, the agency tracked 30 named storms, six of which became major hurricanes.
Check back for updates on weather conditions as needed.