Temperatures hit triple digits 11 times and set or tied heat records four of those days, according to the National Weather Service.
It was just another warm month in a summer characterized by state climatologist David Stooksbury as one of the hottest ever recorded.
“For Augusta, with 138 years of data, 2011 was the warmest summer on record,” he wrote in a recent assessment that concluded the state’s drought is worsening.
The city’s average mean temperature of 83.7 degrees was 4.5 degrees above average, eclipsing a previous record of 83.4 degrees set in August 1993.
In June, July and August, the city’s average high temperature of 97.1 was 6.5 degrees above average and broke the previous record from 1993, when it was 96.5 degrees, Stooksbury said.
It has also been the 11th driest summer on record, with just 7.22 inches of rainfall in Augusta – 5.52 inches below average. For the month of August, 1.19 inches of rain fell – a 3.13-inch deficit from normal.
New records included 105 degrees on Aug. 3, breaking the 2006 record of 101; and 104 degrees on Aug. 4, breaking the 103-degree record set in 2006.
Last year, there were no 100-degree-plus days recorded in August.