Getting cold

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Tired of hot? Get ready for cold.

After one of the hottest, driest summers on record, the National Weather Service is forecasting the Augusta area's first autumn freeze Thursday morning -- a few days before the average first-freeze date of Nov. 12.

That means any remaining peppers, tomatoes or garden vegetables should be picked -- and any succulent flowers still blooming should be brought inside.

Morning lows have dropped gradually since Nov. 1, when the mercury dipped to 53 degrees, followed by 47 degrees Friday, 38 on Saturday, 34 on Sunday and rising slightly to 36 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The latest forecast calls for lows in the 40s today, dropping to 35 Wednesday and 32 Thursday morning. Accuweather predicts freezing temperatures to arrive today.

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119 or

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