Cobb County weather forecast for Saturday, May 18, 2024

Cobb weather July 23: Photo of cloudy skies above a residential street

The National Weather Service forecasts cloudy skies here in Cobb County on Saturday, May 18, 2024, with a high near 78 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Cobb County and other parts of the region due to numerous showers with scattered thunderstorms that are expected today and tonight. A few storms may become strong to severe producing damaging wind gusts, hail up to 1 inch, frequent lightning, and periods of heavy rainfall.

What you will read in this article

  1. The extended forecast for Cobb County
  2. Last month’s climate summary for the metro Atlanta region
  3. The climate almanac for metro Atlanta
  4. What the National Weather Service is, and what it does

What does the extended forecast have in store?

This forecast is centered on Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.


Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61. East wind around 5 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 83. East wind around 5 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.


Sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 63.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.


A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

What was the climate like in the latest reporting period?

The NWS climate summary for metro Atlanta has now been updated with April 2024 figures.

In an article entitled What is the Difference between Climate and Weather?, the National Ocean Service describes the difference as follows:

“Weather is what you see outside on any particular day. So, for example, it may be 75° degrees and sunny or it could be 20° degrees with heavy snow. That’s the weather.

“Climate is the average of that weather. For example, you can expect snow in the Northeast in January or for it to be hot and humid in the Southeast in July. This is climate. The climate record also includes extreme values such as record high temperatures or record amounts of rainfall. If you’ve ever heard your local weather person say “today we hit a record high for this day,” she is talking about climate records.

“So when we are talking about climate change, we are talking about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space.”

The climate report for the Atlanta area for the previous month shows how much departure from the average temperatures that month represents. The average temperature for a date is the average over a 30-year period.

DateHighLowAverageDeparture from normPrecipitation

Climate Almanac for metro Atlanta

This almanac provides information on past climate conditions for today’s date, May 18, allowing a comparison to current weather. 

Simply put, it helps you see what the weather would typically be like on this day, according to historical data.

Daily DataObservedNormalRecord HighestRecord Lowest
Max TemperatureM8292 in 199660 in 1920
Min TemperatureM6273 in 201741 in 1973
Avg TemperatureM71.881.0 in 201754.0 in 1976
PrecipitationM0.122.77 in 18860.00 in 2022
SnowfallM0.00.0 in 20230.0 in 2023
Snow DepthM0 in 20230 in 2023
HDD (base 65)M011 in 19760 in 2023
CDD (base 65)M716 in 20170 in 2014
Month-to-Date SummaryObservedNormalRecord HighestRecord Lowest
Avg Max Temperature81.479.685.8 in 193669.6 in 1917
Avg Min Temperature64.559.466.2 in 189950.6 in 1917
Avg Temperature72.969.575.5 in 189960.1 in 1917
Total Precipitation0.962.068.10 in 20030.03 in 1932
Total Snowfall0.00.0T in 19530.0 in 2024
Max Snow Depth00 in 20240 in 2024
Total HDD (base 65)018104 in 19170 in 2024
Total CDD (base 65)140100195 in 189914 in 1997
Year-to-Date SummaryObservedNormalRecord HighestRecord Lowest
Avg Max Temperature67.265.169.9 in 201757.7 in 1895
Avg Min Temperature47.945.249.9 in 188037.5 in 1940
Avg Temperature57.555.259.8 in 201747.9 in 1940
Total Precipitation24.9919.6934.79 in 19299.39 in 1986
Total Snowfall (since July 1)T2.210.9 in 19360.0 in 2019
Max Snow Depth (since July 1)08 in 19400 in 2024
Total HDD (since July 1)204025393832 in 19771690 in 2017
Total CDD (since Jan 1)248183334 in 201243 in 1903

Period of Record:

  • Max Temperature : 1878-10-04 to 2024-05-17
  • Min Temperature : 1878-10-04 to 2024-05-17
  • Precipitation : 1878-10-01 to 2024-05-17
  • Snowfall : 1928-12-25 to 2024-05-17
  • Snow Depth : 1928-12-25 to 2024-05-17

For much more information on the climate in our area, visit the NWS Climate FAQ for the Atlanta area.

What does the National Weather Service do?

The National Weather Service (NWS) is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The NWS describes its role as follows:

“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. 

“These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events.”