Weather models predict below-normal temperatures and sparse precipitation through October, said Nyasha Dunkley, Georgia’s deputy climatologist.
Temperatures will warm up after today, but a few more cold snaps are possible.
Augusta-area residents woke up to morning temperatures around 50 degrees Monday.
That trend will continue through Friday, with morning temperatures in the low 50s.
“Today is a bit cooler than normal,” Dunkley said Monday. “I wouldn’t get too comfortable with turning on the heat or lighting the fireplaces.”
A ridge of high pressure pushing down the East Coast brought colder temperatures to much of Georgia on Monday, said meteorologist Jim Kilmer, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.
High temperature will stay in the lower 70s today before hovering around 80 degrees for the rest of the week, Kilmer said.
In November and December, weather models are calling for some warm temperatures, Dunkley said.
“Not hot, but temperatures will trend slightly above normal,” she said.
Just how cold the winter temperatures dip depends on a developing El Nino system, an unusual warming of surface ocean waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The system, which is still very weak, could also bring rainfall slightly above normal, Dunkley said.