By Michael Davis
Forecasters are predicting a return to normal temperatures for the remainder of summer after brief unusually hot period, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
A high pressure system stalled over the southeast spiked temperatures over the past two weeks, but the mercury is beginning to return to normal, said Meteorologist Erica Avila. "A front that came through help to clear that [high pressure] out," he said.
He said that now that the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans are beginning to reach the peak of hurricane season, "We don't anticipate seeing anything like that again ... but it's hard to anticipate at this point."
Hurricane watchers at the National Hurricane Center in Miami were tracking Tropical Storm Katrina Wednesday, expecting it to make landfall sometime Friday, possibly as a hurricane, the Associated Press reported.
Avila said it wouldn't be until possibly early next week that the metro Atlanta area would see effects from Katrina, which is expected to head north after making its way across Florida by Saturday morning.
The forecast for today showed no rain, and high temperatures of 88 degrees. Avila said the average high temperature for the area was 87. The next seven days look similar, save for chances of scattered rain over the weekend.
Earlier this year, hurricane forecasters predicted a more active season than usual. In early July, two storms Dennis and Cindy, dumped massive rains on the area, contributing to one of the wettest Julys on record at more than 14 inches. The most July rain fell in 1994 at almost 18 inches.
The rainy period continued, to an extent, with seasonal afternoon thundershowers. As summer wanes, Avila said temperatures will continue to drop, but rainfalls could depend largely on hurricane activity. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts through November. Forecasters, earlier this month, said the most active part of the season would likely be the period of August through October.