Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Latest storm knocks out power for 128 customers in Bartow. High so far of 94, heat index of 102. Evening sports cancellations. Smog alert for Thursday.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Latest storm knocks out power for 128 customers in Bartow. High so far of 94, heat index of 102. Evening sports cancellations. Smog alert for Thursday.

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And Wednesday isn’t so cool, either:

4 p.m.:  So the difference in 24 hours? It’s only 94 degrees with a heat index of 102 as of 4 p.m.

4:30 p.m. From Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation: “All baseball practices are canceled because of high heat index.” 

5 p.m. Thunderstorm drops temperature to 86 degrees.

6:25 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning ending in Bartow; power out to 128 customers.

Code Orange smog alert Thursday: 

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, which includes Bartow County. 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.

Our torrid Tuesday:

  • We missed tying the record high by one degree in Rome. The official high for Tuesday was 99 degrees. The heat index peaked at 109 degrees.
  • In Cartersville: 100 degrees was the high mark, tying the record first set on Aug. 13, 1957. Maximum heat index of 109 (for three out of five hours).
  • Late-night storms: Gusts of 35 mph and about a quarter inch of rain were recorded at the airport in Rome late Tuesday.

OUTLOOK

Scattered thunderstorms are expected each day, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. A few storms could be strong with gusty winds, heavy rain and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.

FORECAST

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 101. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 70. North wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 92. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 93.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 94.

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