Summertime temps will be higher than normal, say forecasters

Friday, May 25, 2012 7:26 PM
Last updated Saturday, May 26, 2012 12:20 PM
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Summertime will be another hot one, according to long-term forecasts from weather experts.

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10-year-old Jakeiria Smith, of Augusta, plays in the water from the 8th Street Bulkhead fountain  on Friday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
10-year-old Jakeiria Smith, of Augusta, plays in the water from the 8th Street Bulkhead fountain on Friday.

A three-month weather outlook for the Augusta area predicts above-normal temperatures through August, said Nyasha Dunkley, Georgia’s deputy state climatologist. Rainfall amounts will depend on the variability of tropical systems.

“What we really need is a good tropical system to move through and give us a good soaking,” she said. “The outlook is still calling for the drought to continue and/or intensify for the Augusta area.”

According to data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center, temperatures from February through April deviated about six to eight degrees from normal in the Augusta area. Temperatures this month have been near normal.

The most recent forecasts indicate that temperatures will be hotter than normal, with summertime highs in the low 90s, said Jeff Linton, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

For the Memorial Day weekend, forecasters are keeping a close eye on a tropical system brewing off the coast of Florida near the Bahamas. The storm could hit the Georgia coast but will likely stay south of metro Augusta, Linton said.

Another low-pressure system could bring some precipitation to the area. A 20 percent chance of rain today increases to 40 percent Sunday before falling to 30 percent Monday, Linton said.

High temperatures will hit the lower 90s today and then stay in the 80s for Sunday and Monday, when clouds move into the forecast.

STAY COOL AT A POOL

The Splash Pad at the Charles H. Evans Community Center, 1866 Highland Ave., opens today for the summer season. Hours are from 1 to 5 p.m., and admission costs $1.50.

The Richmond County Parks and Recreation Department also operates several pools that open the first week of June. Their hours are from 2 to 5 p.m., and costs are $1 child, $1.50 for senior citizens and $2 adults.

OPENING JUNE 4

• Fleming Pool, 1941 Lumpkin Road; closed Thursday and Friday

• Jones Pool, 1400 Woodson Lane; closed Saturday and Sunday

• Henry Brigham Swim Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road; closed Saturday and Sunday

OPENING JUNE 7

• Dyess Pool, 902 James Brown Blvd.; closed Saturday and Sunday

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Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/26/12 - 11:59 am
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Ahhhh... Global Warming. The

Ahhhh... Global Warming.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

But, what about the past couple of months that were below normal?

Ahhhh... Climate change.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

etlinks
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etlinks 05/26/12 - 01:39 pm
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heat

Every summer is hot as blue blazes. Enjoy the shade.

TParty
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TParty 05/26/12 - 03:46 pm
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It was already a really warm

It was already a really warm winter overall in the nation, so I've already expected a hot summer. I just really hope we get a lot of rain throughout the summer.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/26/12 - 04:29 pm
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And just you remember

And just you remember "climate change" is a myth made up by the left to control the masses". "snark"

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/26/12 - 07:28 pm
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And it seems the myth seems

And it seems the myth seems to have be swallowed...hook, line, and sinker by the intended prey.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/26/12 - 08:05 pm
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About March the forecast was

About March the forecast was normal to slightly below normal temps for this summer.

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/26/12 - 08:55 pm
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If it is true...Releases from

If it is true...Releases from the lake should be held to minimum outflow.

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