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Drought breaks 132-year record for consecutive dry days in Atlanta

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The National Weather Service says the last time Atlanta has gone without rain for the more than 40 days it has in 2016 was in 1884.

The new record, set Friday, just breaks a record set in October 1884 and works into a larger narrative of drought for the northern part of the state, and the rest of the country.

In fact, the National Weather Service in Atlanta says Macon also broke a record set in 1893 by two days. 

Dry streak could be busted next week

Current models predict areas around metro Atlanta could see as much as two inches of rain next week, which would help, though it could break the dry streak.

We're currently at a 10-inch or so deficit for rainfall this year but the rain over the Southeast has CBS46 meteorologists hopeful that the weather pattern could be changing from the dry pattern we've been seeing to a more moist one. 

Thunderstorms are a possibility with a slow moving cold front that should move through between Monday and Thursday. Local heavy rainfall is also a possibility.

CBS46 will keep you posted on the rainfall or weather potential next week on CBS46.com and in our weather app.

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7-Day Forecast

Today's Forecast

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  • 80°
  • 69°

Another Soggy Week Ahead

We'll see another week of daily afternoon scattered showers and storms. Heavy rainfall, lightning, and gusty wind will be possible with any of the afternoon thunderstorms.  It will remain humid and muggy with highs in the low to mid 80s all week.

Tuesday-Friday: Mostly Cloudy and humid with a chance of afternoon showers or storms. Highs will be in the 80s. 


7-Day Forecast: Atlanta

Tuesday
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  • 80°
  • 69°

Partly Sunny; 70% Chance Rain

Wednesday
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  • 82°
  • 68°

Partly Cloudy: 50% Chance Rain

Thursday
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  • 85°
  • 69°

Partly Cloudy: 50% Chance Rain

Friday
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  • 83°
  • 69°

Partly Cloudy: 40% T-Shower Chance

Saturday
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  • 83°
  • 69°

Mostly Cloudy: 60% T-Shower Chance

Sunday
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  • 80°
  • 68°

Overcast: 60% T-Shower Chance

Monday
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  • 82°
  • 68°

Mostly Cloudy; 60% Chance Rain

Currently in Atlanta as of

  • 78°(Feels like 80°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:31:57 am
  • Sunset: 08:36:29 pm
  • Humidity: 68
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 6

7-Day Forecast: Alpharetta

Tuesday
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  • 80°
  • 66°

Showers and thunderstorms

Wednesday
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  • 66°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 78°
  • 66°

Rain

Sunday
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  • 77°
  • 68°

Rain

Monday
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  • 81°
  • 68°

Showers and thunderstorms

Currently in Alpharetta as of

  • 79°(Feels like 81°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: S @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:30:43 am
  • Sunset: 08:36:45 pm
  • Humidity: 64
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 6

7-Day Forecast: Marietta

Tuesday
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  • 81°
  • 67°

Showers and thunderstorms

Wednesday
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  • 66°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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  • 79°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 77°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 77°
  • 68°

Mainly cloudy and rainy

Monday
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  • 81°
  • 68°

Thunderstorms

Currently in Marietta as of

  • 76°(Feels like 76°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: SSE @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:32:06 am
  • Sunset: 08:37:18 pm
  • Humidity: 81
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Douglasville

Tuesday
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  • 79°
  • 67°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Wednesday
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  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 68°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 78°
  • 68°

Rain and thunder

Monday
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  • 80°
  • 69°

Thunderstorms

Currently in Douglasville as of

  • 78°(Feels like 80°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: ESE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:33:20 am
  • Sunset: 08:37:50 pm
  • Humidity: 76
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 6

7-Day Forecast: Lawrenceville

Tuesday
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  • 80°
  • 67°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Wednesday
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  • 66°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 67°

Rain

Sunday
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  • 68°

Rain

Monday
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Thunderstorms

Currently in Lawrenceville as of

  • 77°(Feels like 79°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.13 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:29:41 am
  • Sunset: 08:35:17 pm
  • Humidity: 76
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 6

7-Day Forecast: Covington

Tuesday
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  • 79°
  • 67°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Wednesday
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  • 66°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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  • 81°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 77°
  • 67°

Rain

Sunday
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  • 77°
  • 68°

Cloudy with rain

Monday
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  • 80°
  • 68°

Showers and thunderstorms

Currently in Covington as of

  • 81°(Feels like 84°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.1 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:30:01 am
  • Sunset: 08:33:55 pm
  • Humidity: 70
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 6

7-Day Forecast: Carrollton

Tuesday
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  • 80°
  • 66°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Wednesday
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  • 65°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 66°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 78°
  • 65°

Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 77°
  • 66°

Cloudy, periods of rain

Monday
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  • 79°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Currently in Carrollton as of

  • 76°(Feels like 76°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: S @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.14 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:35:06 am
  • Sunset: 08:38:52 pm
  • Humidity: 77
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Newnan

Tuesday
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  • 81°
  • 68°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Wednesday
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  • 80°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 83°
  • 68°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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  • 80°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 78°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 78°
  • 68°

Thunderstorms

Monday
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  • 80°
  • 68°

Thunderstorms

Currently in Newnan as of

  • 78°(Feels like 81°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: SSE @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:34:20 am
  • Sunset: 08:37:14 pm
  • Humidity: 68
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Peachtree City

Tuesday
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  • 82°
  • 67°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Wednesday
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  • 80°
  • 66°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 82°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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  • 81°
  • 65°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 78°
  • 65°

Showers and thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 79°
  • 66°

Showers and thunderstorms

Monday
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  • 82°
  • 66°

Showers and thunderstorms

Currently in Peachtree City as of

  • 80°(Feels like 83°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: SSE @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.11 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:33:31 am
  • Sunset: 08:36:11 pm
  • Humidity: 67
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Kennesaw

Tuesday
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  • 82°
  • 67°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Wednesday
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  • 82°
  • 66°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 84°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Friday
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  • 80°
  • 67°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 78°
  • 67°

Thundershowers

Sunday
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  • 78°
  • 68°

Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms

Monday
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  • 81°
  • 68°

Thunderstorms

Currently in Kennesaw as of

  • 79°(Feels like 81°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: S @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.12 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:32:08 am
  • Sunset: 08:37:50 pm
  • Humidity: 69
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

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