This year’s heat wave in North Georgia is one for the record books. Wednesday’s high of 100 degrees in Atlanta was the first time the temperature broke 100 degrees since August 18th, 2000, when the thermometer reached 101. Wednesday morning also saw a record all time high minimum temperature of 82 degrees at Hartsfield Airport â€” one degree higher than the previous record, set in 1879 and 1980.
Wednesday’s high of 99 degrees set a record high for August 8th in Gainesville, GA. In Athens, Tuesday’s high of 101 tied a record set in 1980, and Wednesday’s high of 102 broke the previous record of 101, also set in 1980. Macon’s high of 102 on Wednesday also broke the 1980 record set there.
This week also saw another record set for Atlanta â€” the driest year-to-date ever recorded. With only 17.24 inches of rain as of August 5th, this beats the previous record of 17.25 inches as of that date, set back in 1914. While other areas of the state are also dry, none are in the top five driest years to date. The map to the right shows the latest drought areas in Georgia, as of August 7th.