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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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Today's Forecast

Today's Forecast Image
  • 89°
  • 74°

Storm chances ramp up through Saturday

Muggy weather with better storm chances Friday and Saturday.

Friday:  Clouds & Sun with a 50% chance of storms.  High temps near 86.

Saturday:  Showers early then decreasing clouds.  High near 86

Sunday:  Sunny skies with a high near 87

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6-Day Forecast: Atlanta

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 89°
  • 74°

Mostly Cloudy: 50% T-Shower Chance

Saturday
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  • 87°
  • 72°

Cloudy; 40% T-Shower Chance

Sunday
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  • 86°
  • 69°

Mostly Sunny Skies

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 68°

Mostly Sunny Skies

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 68°

Partly Cloudy

Wednesday
Wednesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 68°

Partly Cloudy

Currently in Atlanta as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: SW @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.96 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:46:03 am
  • Sunset: 08:41:25 pm
  • Humidity: 90
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Alpharetta

Thursday
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  • 90°
  • 72°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 85°
  • 71°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Saturday
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  • 87°
  • 65°

Partly cloudy

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 65°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 67°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 67°

More sun than clouds

Currently in Alpharetta as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.96 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:44:53 am
  • Sunset: 08:41:27 pm
  • Humidity: 93
  • Visibility: 6 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Marietta

Thursday
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  • 90°
  • 72°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 84°
  • 71°

A few thunderstorms possible

Saturday
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  • 85°
  • 66°

Partly cloudy

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 64°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 67°

A few clouds

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 67°

Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Marietta as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.98 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:46:08 am
  • Sunset: 08:42:13 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Douglasville

Thursday
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  • 89°
  • 73°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 85°
  • 72°

A few thunderstorms possible

Saturday
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  • 85°
  • 65°

Plenty of sun

Sunday
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  • 86°
  • 65°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 67°

Plenty of sun

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 67°

Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Douglasville as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.96 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:47:35 am
  • Sunset: 08:42:52 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Lawrenceville

Thursday
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  • 90°
  • 73°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 72°

Scattered thunderstorms

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 65°

Plenty of sun

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 65°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 66°

Abundant sunshine

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 68°

More sun than clouds

Currently in Lawrenceville as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: WSW @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:43:49 am
  • Sunset: 08:40:11 pm
  • Humidity: 89
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Covington

Thursday
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  • 92°
  • 72°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 89°
  • 73°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 89°
  • 66°

Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 65°

Mainly sunny

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 67°

Sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 69°

Mostly sunny

Currently in Covington as of

  • 73°(Feels like 73°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:44:14 am
  • Sunset: 08:38:58 pm
  • Humidity: 94
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Carrollton

Thursday
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  • 90°
  • 71°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 84°
  • 71°

Scattered thunderstorms

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 64°

More sun than clouds

Sunday
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  • 85°
  • 63°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 65°

Mostly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 66°

Times of sun and clouds

Currently in Carrollton as of

  • 72°(Feels like 72°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:49:12 am
  • Sunset: 08:43:50 pm
  • Humidity: 97
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Newnan

Thursday
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  • 91°
  • 73°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 72°

Showers and thunderstorms late

Saturday
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  • 87°
  • 66°

Times of sun and clouds

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 64°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 66°

Plenty of sun

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 68°

A few clouds

Currently in Newnan as of

  • 75°(Feels like 75°)
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.97 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:48:30 am
  • Sunset: 08:42:17 pm
  • Humidity: 97
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Peachtree City

Thursday
Thursday's Forecast Image
  • 90°
  • 71°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 72°

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 65°

Partly cloudy

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 64°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 65°

Mostly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 88°
  • 67°

A few clouds

Currently in Peachtree City as of

  • 74°(Feels like 74°)
  • Few Clouds
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.97 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:47:27 am
  • Sunset: 08:41:10 pm
  • Humidity: 97
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

6-Day Forecast: Kennesaw

Thursday
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  • 92°
  • 72°

Partly cloudy

Friday
Friday's Forecast Image
  • 83°
  • 70°

A few thunderstorms possible

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 64°

A few clouds

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 85°
  • 64°

Sunshine

Monday
Monday's Forecast Image
  • 87°
  • 66°

Mostly sunny

Tuesday
Tuesday's Forecast Image
  • 86°
  • 67°

A few clouds

Currently in Kennesaw as of

  • 77°(Feels like 78°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: SSW @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.99 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:46:29 am
  • Sunset: 08:42:50 pm
  • Humidity: 83
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

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