Record-breaking heat is being experienced across the state despite being 12 days since fall officially began.
Friday temperatures are expected to reach up to 97 degrees in Atlanta, marking the 91st day of temperatures higher than 90 degrees in one year, setting a record that was last met in 2011.
Thursday broke records as the hottest day in October ever recorded, with temperatures reaching 97 degrees in Atlanta, 100 in Athens and Columbus and 101 in Macon, according to the Weather Channel. This was also the hottest temperatures for Athens recorded this year so far.
91 days of 90° + in Atlanta this year
.....New record but today may be the last one for awhile #gawx
— Marshall Shepherd (@DrShepherd2013) October 4, 2019
But Georgia is not the only state reaching searing temperatures. Montgomery, Alabama, reached 103 degrees on Wednesday, which is hotter than it was even in July. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Raleigh, North Carolina, also reached triple digits on Thursday, joining Georgia in breaking heat records from years before.
The month of September also tied or broke more daily heat records than any other Georgia September on record.
But heat isn’t the only thing Georgians are worried about.
With temperatures remaining high and rainfall lacking, a significant portion of the state is being monitored for severe and extreme drought. The National Integrated Drought Information System has determined that 4.5% of the state, including areas around Atlanta, could be subject to major crop and pasture losses and nearly 24% of the state could be subject to water shortages.
Several counties received less than an inch of rain in the month of September, which is up to 4 inches lower than the average precipitation typically received, according to National Weather Service data.
— Danny Brouillette (@HoarFrostInFL) October 3, 2019
Rain is expected next week as meteorologists predict temperatures will cool down. The Weather Channel predicts temperatures will be in the low 80s and high 70s. Temperatures are expected to remain below the 90-degree mark after Friday.