ATLANTA — The last few days of weather have been so nice. Cool mornings, warm afternoons and pleasant evenings.
Well, I hope you enjoyed that because we're about to slip into a weather pattern that will have us feeling more than June and July than May.
A large ridge or bump in the jet stream will allow for temperatures to warm into the middle 80s to lower 90s for the next seven to 10 days and possibly even into early June.
Here are 5 things to look out for in this upcoming warm weather pattern:
1. Hot Weather
Of course, this one may be the most obvious. Temperatures are expected to be 5-10° above the average, which is the lower 80s.
Temperatures this warm certainly are not unheard of, we have record high temperatures close to 100 degrees in the month of May. There may be a few days in which we get closer to tying or setting a record high for the day but I think we are safe from hitting 100 degrees.
The only relief we may get on these hot afternoons are the classic isolated, pop-up showers or storms.
Our warm weather is due to a large area of high-pressure overhead, which will not allow the city pollution to escape into the upper atmosphere like it usually does. Pollution remains closer to the ground, where we breathe. On top of that, sunny skies will allow for chemical reactions that produce ground-level ozone.
It's just a bad combination.
Those sensitive to ground level ozone, prepare to heed air quality alerts.
While there won't be much humidity with this heat initially, the heat will be enough to get the mosquitoes buzzing and breeding. Elmer Gray with the UGA Public Health Extension said the warm overnights are the biggest factor that contributes to mosquitoes breeding.
Gray suggests emptying anything that can hold standing water -- like trays under potted plants, outside tarps, and drainage pipes -- with downspouts. Those small areas usually breed more mosquitoes than the larger retention ponds, Gray said.
4. Pavement Temperatures
Without the frequent passage of cold fronts, there won't be much cloud cover to keep the pavement cool during the hottest parts of the day. That means the ground is not only going to be hot walking around the pool but for the pets outside too.
Take a look at how hot the paved ground can be with the sun out:
Try walking your dog in the grass so they don't burn their feet!
And of course, never leave your dog(or child) in a car unattended.
5. UV Index
Generally, as we progress into summer months, the UV index will increase because of the change in sun angle. The sun is more directly overhead in the summer than in the winter, this leads us more susceptible to sunburn. Even in the dead of summer, cloud cover can cut down on the severity of UV exposure. But we're not expecting much cloud cover to shade us from sunlight.
That's why it is important to regularly apply the sunscreen while you spend time outside, especially between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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