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Summer officially began at 5:14 a.m. Tuesday even if the thermometer says otherwise. And as hot as it has been in recent weeks, it will get even hotter Wednesday and Thursday.

Also note: Today is the longest day of the year -- that is, the most sunlight as it is the summer solstice. With sunrise at 6:27 a.m. and sunset at 8:57 p.m., we'll get 14-and-a-half hours of "official" daylight. The days will grow shorter starting Wednesday.  

Code Orange air quality alert for Bartow, metro Atlanta: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division has issued a Code Orange (Unhealthy for sensitive groups) Air Quality Alert for Atlanta for Tuesday June 21. 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.

FORECAST:

Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Light north wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

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

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

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