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Afternoon thunderstorms, more heat today

Staff Photo: John Bohn Jason Jones, 17, of Snellville, takes a swig of a cold drink during a break from a game of ultimate frisbee at Alexander Park in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Jason Jones, 17, of Snellville, takes a swig of a cold drink during a break from a game of ultimate frisbee at Alexander Park in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It's been hot lately. But a local weather enthusiast said the only thing unusual about the recent 90-degree afternoons is that it took until mid-June to finally start getting them.

With a front moving in this afternoon, thunderstorms are likely. Some could be severe.

"Chances are, it's going to be 90 again (today), with a chance of early summer thunderstorms -- the kind we're famous for here in Atlanta -- and on Friday the air changes, with a front passing through," Richards said.

According to the National Weather Service, forecasters called for scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. today, mostly sunny with a high near 93 degrees.

With thermometers easily clearing the 90-degree mark Wednesday, Jon Richards said the sultry days of late spring generally occur closer to the end of May. In 2012, temperatures reached 92 degrees on May 26; in 2011, it was 90 degrees on May 11.

Temperatures reached 92 degrees Wednesday afternoon according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The good news? With the front moving in, "the weather might be getting a little better this weekend."

Folks should expect highs in the mid- to upper-80s with clear skies Saturday and Sunday. "We're in for what should be a fairly pleasant weekend," he said.

Friday's forecast called for sunny skies with a high near 87 degrees; Saturday, sunny, with a high near 87 degrees; and Sunday, sunny with a high near 87 degrees.