published Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Cooler, drier days in store for the Chattanooga area this week

Five-year-old Hope Alexander plays in a puddle at the Warner Park softball fields Saturday.
Five-year-old Hope Alexander plays in a puddle at the Warner Park softball fields Saturday.
Photo by Allison Love.
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Chattanooga's Forecasted Temperatures

• Monday -- High 82, Low 54

• Tuesday -- 85, 57

• Wednesday -- 86, 59

• Thursday -- 85, 60

• Friday -- 85, 61

Planning a picnic, hike, bike ride or barbecue this week? You're in luck.

Although the first week of September was hotter and rainier than usual, this week will be dry and sunny, according to the National Weather Service.

In the last few days, temperatures in Chattanooga averaged almost 3 degrees hotter than typical, with a high of 93 degrees Friday.

But starting today, temperatures will drop, said Kate Guillet, meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Morristown, Tenn.

"Basically, all week we are going to have drier and cooler air filtering in," she said. "It's going to be a nice week."

Highs will range in the low 80s, while lows will swing down to the upper 50s, she said.

Northern Georgia also will enjoy a stretch of good weather, said Mike Leary, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree, Ga.

"It's going to be beautiful," he said. "We're not expecting any additional rain until about Saturday."

In fact, the week's humidity will be very low, Channel 3 meteorologist David Karnes said.

"It will be two-pronged nice weather," he said. "We'll have lower-than-usual temperatures and low humidity."

He encouraged locals to get outside and soak up the sun.

"This is the first real taste of cooler weather we've had," he said, "and a great chance to get out and enjoy what Chattanooga has to offer."

Contact staff writer Shelly Bradbury at sbradbury@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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