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Saturday's high temperature breaks 97-year-old record in Augusta

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The January heat wave likely hit its peak Saturday and broke a 97-year-old record in the process.

The high recorded at Au­gus­ta Regional Airport was 81 degrees, 3 degrees higher than the record of 78 set in 1916.

Records were broken all over the Southeast, said Jim Kil­mer of the National Wea­ther Service in West Co­lum­bia, S.C.

“We broke our record here, too,” he said.

Sunday will be the best chance for breaking another record, but it’s not expected. The forecast calls for highs in the upper 70s, which could put Augusta close to the record of 79.

“After that, forget about it,” Kilmer said.

Monday’s highs are expected to be in the upper 70s, but things will start cooling off after that.

Tuesday’s temperatures will be in the low 70s, and Wednesday will drop back into the low 60s as a cold front moves across the area.

Lows will remain in the 50s through Monday and drop into the upper 40s Tuesday night.

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