Four individuals were taken to a hospital in Cobb County Friday due to heat-related problems during a midday graduation ceremony. With similar temperatures expected Saturday, those attending Paulding’s graduation ceremonies should take precautions to prevent injury.
McEachern High’s graduation began at 10 a.m. According to the National Weather Service, the air temperature in Marietta at the time was nearly 80 degrees. The temperature peaked at 88 degrees at nearly 3 p.m.
Today’s temperature in Paulding peaked at 90 degrees, which is where the mercury still stood at nearly 4 p.m. Tonight’s forecast calls for a low of 61 degrees, but with sundown coming well into tonight’s graduation ceremony, warm temps are set to greet those in attendance at the three ceremonies being held in Paulding.
But the county’s other two high schools—East Paulding and South Paulding—will have their graduation ceremonies start at 10 a.m. Saturday, and temps are expected to get at least slightly higher than on Friday.
Saturday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high near 92 degrees. With the graduation ceremonies set for late morning, temps should be approaching their high for the day as the events end around midday.
In addition to high temps, those aiming to attend graduations tonight and tomorrow should be prepared for higher-than-normal traffic.