Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Air quality alert for Bartow, metro Atlanta today. Sunny, 86 today; rain returns late Friday, Saturday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Air quality alert for Bartow, metro Atlanta today. Sunny, 86 today; rain returns late Friday, Saturday.

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OUTLOOK

Code Orange air quality alert for Bartow County, metro Atlanta today: Well, that didn’t take long. The “air quality” season started May 1 and three days in, the first alert is in force. The details:
 
“The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division has issued a Code Orange (Unhealthy for sensitive groups) Air Quality Alert for Atlanta for Thursday May 3.  Under Code Orange conditions, the outdoor air quality 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 outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.”

FORECAST

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 58.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

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