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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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Weather

Today's Forecast

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A few heavy thunderstorms that can create isolated flash flooding will run southwest to northeast across north Georgia early tonight.  Patchy fog will develop later tonight under a partly cloudy sky.

Friday will start with some fog; otherwise partly sunny, warmer and quite humid.   Although a thunderstorm can develop by late afternoon, it would likely be northwest of Atlanta.

Severe storms and flash flooding can return Friday night into Saturday as the remnant moisture from Cindy tag teams with an approaching cool front.  

A thunderstorm cannot be ruled out Sunday, but in general it will be a quieter day before lower humidity returns for next week.    

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6-Day Forecast: Atlanta

Thursday
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Mostly Cloudy; 80% Rain Chance

Friday
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  • 71°

Partly Sunny; 30% PM T-Storm Chance NW

Saturday
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  • 72°

Mostly Cloudy; 70% T-Storms Chance

Sunday
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  • 67°

Partly Sunny; 20% PM T-Storm Chance

Monday
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  • 64°

Partly to Mostly Sunny

Tuesday
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  • 63°

Partly to Mostly Sunny

Currently in Atlanta as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: S @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.02 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:27:27 am
  • Sunset: 08:51:34 pm
  • Humidity: 94
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Alpharetta

Thursday
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Thunderstorms likely early

Friday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 62°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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A few clouds

Tuesday
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Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Alpharetta as of

  • 76°(Feels like 76°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 3 mph
  • Barometer: 30.03 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:26:04 am
  • Sunset: 08:51:55 pm
  • Humidity: 94
  • Visibility: 6 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Marietta

Thursday
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Showers and thunderstorms early

Friday
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Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Thunderstorms

Sunday
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Partly cloudy

Monday
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Sunshine

Tuesday
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A few clouds

Currently in Marietta as of

  • 77°(Feels like 78°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.01 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:27:26 am
  • Sunset: 08:52:23 pm
  • Humidity: 94
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Douglasville

Thursday
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Thunderstorms early

Friday
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Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Thunderstorms

Sunday
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Partly cloudy

Monday
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Sunny

Tuesday
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Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Douglasville as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 9 mph, gusting to 23 mph
  • Barometer: 30.02 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:28:53 am
  • Sunset: 08:53:01 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 1.7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Lawrenceville

Thursday
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Showers and thunderstorms early

Friday
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Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Showers and thunderstorms

Sunday
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Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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Abundant sunshine

Tuesday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Lawrenceville as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: E @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.05 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:25:03 am
  • Sunset: 08:50:31 pm
  • Humidity: 100
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Covington

Thursday
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  • 72°

Thunderstorms early

Friday
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Partly cloudy

Saturday
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Thunderstorms

Sunday
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Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 64°

Sunny

Tuesday
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Sunshine

Currently in Covington as of

  • 81°(Feels like 85°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.01 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:25:44 am
  • Sunset: 08:49:01 pm
  • Humidity: 79
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Carrollton

Thursday
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Thunderstorms likely early

Friday
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Clouds giving way to sun

Saturday
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Showers and thunderstorms

Sunday
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Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
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Mainly sunny

Tuesday
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  • 79°
  • 59°

Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Carrollton as of

  • 74°(Feels like 74°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.05 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:30:40 am
  • Sunset: 08:53:54 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Newnan

Thursday
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Thunderstorms likely early

Friday
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Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 64°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 63°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
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  • 82°
  • 60°

Sunny

Currently in Newnan as of

  • 76°(Feels like 76°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: S @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.01 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:30:00 am
  • Sunset: 08:52:18 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Peachtree City

Thursday
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Thunderstorms early

Friday
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Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 63°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 61°

Times of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 82°
  • 59°

Sunny

Currently in Peachtree City as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: SE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.02 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:29:06 am
  • Sunset: 08:51:11 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Kennesaw

Thursday
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Thunderstorms early

Friday
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Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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  • 66°

Showers and thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 83°
  • 62°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 84°
  • 61°

More sun than clouds

Tuesday
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  • 81°
  • 59°

Partly cloudy

Currently in Kennesaw as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.98 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:27:41 am
  • Sunset: 08:53:07 pm
  • Humidity: 100
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

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