Don't let the high temperatures this week panic you; officials are predicting moderate highs for the next three months.
While Florida and Texas are expected to swelter, Georgia could see more "normal" high temperatures and rainfall, according to Dave Schutrum, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.
By July, Schutrum said, our chances for rainfall will increase because of hurricane season -- which began today.
"I think the reason for that is they are taking into account tropical weather," he said.
The Augusta area is nearly 3 inches below normal in rainfall for the year. Since January, about 16.3 inches have fallen, he said.
Schutrum said normal highs for the summer will be about 87 degrees. Of course, these are long-term projections and subject to change, he said.
The rest of this week, however, will be above normal. According to the weather service's Web site, temperatures will be in the upper 90s through next week.
"For the next week, week-and-a-half, we are going to have above-normal temperatures with below-normal rainfall," he said. "And that's this heat spell we're having with this high pressure."
Officials are predicting a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday but otherwise clear.