The Cobb-based Weather Channel reported Thursday that Marietta could see a high of 104 degrees today and 105 on Saturday. Meteorologist Tom Moore said the highest temperature ever recorded in Atlanta is 105, set in 1980.
Others say daily high temperature records could be broken but aren’t expecting to see the area get quite that hot.
The National Weather Service is calling for highs around 100 degrees today through Sunday. Meteorologist Trisha Palmer said that Saturday’s record temperature of 98 degrees and the record for Sunday of 99 degrees could be broken.
Others have predicted temperatures as high as 106 degrees for Saturday, but Palmer said the weather service’s computer models don’t show a temperature higher than 102. She said most of north and central Georgia will see similar temperatures.
“Everybody will be near or just above 100,” she said.
Temperatures are expected to drop early next week, but Palmer said the heat index will stay between 105 and 110 degrees because of increasing humidity.
While temperatures will remain above normal, Palmer said highs will drop to the low 90s by July 4.
“The foreseeable future looks like its going to be above normal, so everybody needs to take precautions,” she said.
Palmer said to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; drink plenty of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol; and stay out of the sun between peak temperature hours of noon to 5 p.m.
“Don’t ever, ever, ever leave children or pets in the car,” Palmer said.
Melva Robertson, risk communicator for Cobb & Douglas Public Health, said residents also need to keep an eye on the elderly during extreme heat.
Cobb Senior Services has about 20 fans available for residents 55 and older, resource development coordinator Kathy Lathem said. For information on obtaining one, call (770) 528-5355 Monday through Friday.
Robertson also said to stay in shaded areas.
“People may not realize how quickly they can get overheated,” she said. “Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking fluid; start drinking fluid before you go outside.”