Cobb County weather forecast for Thursday, May 16, 2024

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The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies here in Cobb County on Thursday, May 16, 2024, with a high near 84 degrees.

Tonight it is expected to be partly cloudy, with an overnight low of around 63 degrees.

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.


Sunny, with a high near 84. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. High near 76. Light southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 65. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 79. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Saturday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8 p.m and 2 a.m. Low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Mostly clear, with a low around 62.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

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 16, 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 TemperatureM8191 in 196261 in 1910
Min TemperatureM6174 in 189939 in 1973
Avg TemperatureM71.382.5 in 189954.5 in 1973
PrecipitationM0.111.13 in 19460.00 in 2022
SnowfallM0.00.0 in 20230.0 in 2023
Snow DepthM0 in 20230 in 2023
HDD (base 65)M110 in 19730 in 2023
CDD (base 65)M718 in 18990 in 2016
Month-to-Date SummaryObservedNormalRecord HighestRecord Lowest
Avg Max Temperature81.779.485.4 in 193668.0 in 1917
Avg Min Temperature64.559.265.9 in 189949.5 in 1917
Avg Temperature73.169.375.2 in 189958.8 in 1917
Total Precipitation0.941.837.17 in 1923T in 2015
Total Snowfall0.00.0T in 19530.0 in 2024
Max Snow Depth00 in 20240 in 2024
Total HDD (base 65)017104 in 19170 in 2024
Total CDD (base 65)12586168 in 18996 in 1903
Year-to-Date SummaryObservedNormalRecord HighestRecord Lowest
Avg Max Temperature67.064.969.6 in 201757.6 in 1924
Avg Min Temperature47.645.049.6 in 188037.3 in 1940
Avg Temperature57.354.959.5 in 201747.5 in 1940
Total Precipitation24.9719.4634.48 in 18818.78 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)204025383832 in 19771690 in 2017
Total CDD (since Jan 1)233169319 in 201231 in 1931

Period of Record:

  • Max Temperature : 1878-10-04 to 2024-05-15
  • Min Temperature : 1878-10-04 to 2024-05-15
  • Precipitation : 1878-10-01 to 2024-05-15
  • Snowfall : 1928-12-25 to 2024-05-14
  • Snow Depth : 1928-12-25 to 2024-05-14

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.”