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Posted: May 20, 2011 6:06 a.m.

Sunny, but smog alert today

It's a great weekend to get out and about, with forecasters calling for bountiful sunshine and summerlike high temperatures.

The only downside is that the Georgia Department of Naturual Resources Environmental Protection Division has issued a Code Orange air quality alert for today. That means children and people sensitive to ozone or who have heart or lung disease should limit activities in early morning or late afternoon, according to a release.

The National Weather Service calls for a high of 89 today, 92 for Saturday and 94 on Sunday. Expect a low of 59 tonight, then 63 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

A chance of rain returns Monday, but it's only 20 percent. Highs should remain in the low 90s and upper 80s through the work week.

Precipitation is down about 20 percent from average for the year in Newton County. The georgiaweather.net station at the FFA-FCCLA Center reports 17.17 inches of rain since January. In an average year, Newton County would have received 21.56 inches of rain since Jan. 1.

 

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