Summer Weather Hazards

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As we transition into summer, be mindful of the North Georgia climate and the traditional weather hazards experienced by Atlantans. Our severe weather threat changes in the summer, with much of the threat coming from isolated and scattered afternoon thunderstorms and showers. While most of these storms are not severe, they often produce frequent lightning and heavy downpours. Hail and severe wind gusts are possible, but the tornado threat is typically low.


Typical Summer Weather Hazards in Atlanta

Afternoon/Evening ThunderstormsLightningHeavy Rain (Urban Street Flooding)Gusty WindsHailExtreme Heat


What You Can Do

Stay Informed.This is the most fundamental step in all emergency preparedness. Know the forecast for today and tomorrow and do not get caught flat-footed.Go to for the latest area forecastFollow the GT Office of Emergency Preparedness on Facebook or @gtpdalerts on Twitter.Recognize threatening weather conditions.Lightning can strike well-before a storm has fully matured. Lightning flashes, thunder, cool wind gusts, and darkening clouds are good indicators of threatening weather. Seek shelter!Communicate to othersDon’t be shy about warning others of the threat. If you see others outdoors, advise them of the danger and encourage them to seek shelter.Plan outdoor activities with a safe shelter in mind.Always have a safe place of refuge in mind, especially in the summer with the lightning threat.Stay hydratedAtlanta is definitely hot and proper precautions should always be taken to prevent heat-related illnesses. Take time to properly acclimatize to the heat and stay hydrated.


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