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Another Code Orange Smog Alert

Another Code Orange Smog Alert

ATLANTA -- We've been hit with yet another Code Orange Air Quality Alert for Wednesday.

Under Code Orange conditions, being outside is considered unhealthy for children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease. Those people are advised to limit or avoid outdoor exertion during the late afternoon hours when ozone concentration is at its highest.

RELATED: Hour-by-hour weather forecast

Highs are expected to remain in the mid 90s under hot, hazy skies through the remainder of the week. There's a chance of storms by Friday and through the weekend, but our heatwave is expected to continue into next week.

GAINESVILLE: Libraries, parks on chopping block in Hall County

GAINESVILLE: Libraries, parks on chopping block in Hall County

GAINESVILLE, GA -- It's a sign of the times. More and more counties are being forced to close libraries, cut pool hours and slash other services to balance a shrinking budget.

Hall County is no exception, but the commission's plan is drawing a lot of public outcry.

The possible cuts include:

--closing 16 of 24 parks and community centers

--closing four of six libraries

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

Temps above normal, rain below normal in May

ATLANTA - Temperatures across the state of Georgia were above normal for the fourth straight month in May, according to the state climatologist's office.

In Atlanta, the average temperature was 1.1 degrees above normal, while elsewhere in the state, the difference was more pronounced with temperatures in Valdosta running has high as 2.7 degrees above normal. This made this spring the ninth warmest in Atlanta since 1878, when such records began being kept by officials.

Rain has been scarce across the state - so much so, that according to the state climatologist's office, a drought, which had been previously confined to the southernmost portions of the state, expanded northward. The south-central and southwestern portions of the state were the driest areas.

Much of the rain that did fall, came in the form of scattered thunderstorms, and the amounts that fell, were, much like the storms they came from, were varied and scattered.

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

Yet another Code Orange smog alert day on Sunday

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta is facing yet another day under a Code Orange smog alert on Sunday.

Under code orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged exposure during late afternoon or early evening hours when ozone concentrations are at their highest.

Motorists are advised to fill their tanks up early in the day, as later in the day, fill-ups can contribute to the additional ozone in the air. If you can at all avoid driving, you're advised to take mass transit to get to where you need to go, which will also lessen the smog in the air.

Temperatures in Metro Atlanta are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index figures approaching 100. Those conditions will continue to promote smoggy skies across the area through the weekend.

9yo. Girl Drowns Tubing On Chattahoochee.

9yo. Girl Drowns Tubing On Chattahoochee.

   They call the street leading to this part of the Chattahoochee in Forsyth County "River Mist."  And in the surreal beauty of the twilight here, it's easy to see why.  

   But Friday night, neighbors were still in shock, after a 9-year-old girl drowned here, in the wake of the release of a wall of water this afternoon from the Buford Dam. 

   "You could see that she fell off her tube on some branches, and we assume that she floated on down," said neighbor Kevin Delen. 

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

Heat, smog, thunderstorms for Metro Atlanta on Friday

ATLANTA -- Hot weather continues to bake Metro Atlanta and the Southeastern states as everyone hustles to find a way to stay cool.

Continued hot and more humid weather spreading into Georgia from the Gulf Coast could bring pop-up thunderstorms to the area Friday afternoon into Friday evening. Any storms that come up will likely be slow-moving and drench the areas affected. Those storms would also likely have vivid lightning and small hail.

Near record heat this week

Near record heat this week

ATLANTA -- Atlanta is flirting with record heat this week. Temperatures are running about 10 degrees above average Tuesday. Wednesday will be even hotter.

Tuesday's high will top off at 93 degrees.  The average high for May 30 is 83 degrees, so we will be about 10 degrees above average.

The record for Tuesday's date is 95 degrees, set in 1953. The record for Athens is 100. We'll stay just below those records with a high in Atlanta of 93.  Athens will move up to 95.

It will be even hotter on Wednesday. Atlanta's high will be 95. The record for Atlanta on Wednesday is 97. Once again, we will be about 2 degrees lower than the record for the date.

There will be record heat stretching from the South to the North in the eastern part of the country.