Higher temperatures might be on the way for Augusta

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The Augusta area has yet to hit 100 degrees this summer, but the closest chance to do so is in the next week or two, possibly Wednesday or Thursday.

Children beat the heat on a hot August day at the splash pad at Evans Towne Center Park. The temperature is expected to reach 95 today.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Children beat the heat on a hot August day at the splash pad at Evans Towne Center Park. The temperature is expected to reach 95 today.

Georgia climatologist Bill Murphey said the weather through October is expected to bring above-average temperatures and normal amounts of precipitation. The forecast predicts a high in the mid 90s Wednesday and Thursday.

The closest the region has come to 100 degrees was July 9, when the mercury hit 99.

The summer has been only slightly cooler and dryer than normal, with July registering 1.3 degrees below and 1.21 inches of rainfall under normal values.

Last year, triple digits were never reached, which isn’t unusual, Murphey said. After the start of August, chances of reaching 100 diminish.

“We’ve still got plenty of summer to go,” he said. “We’ve still got a shot of getting there before all is said and done.”

The state is in a trough pattern that is keeping temperatures cooler than normal, which is one reason July temperatures were so mild.

Some parts of the state broke records for low daily high temperatures during the month. Augusta came within two degrees of breaking records on two days, but finally broke a record Saturday when temperatures reached a high of 78 degrees – two degrees lower than the previous lowest high temperature recorded in 1977.


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