As expected the worst of heat and drought this summer was out West.
We’ve had a greater than normal number of days with a high of 90º, at least at Hartsfield. The average is 47 days. This year at the airport it numbers in the 50s.
But the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect is amplified at Hartsfield with all the cars and jet engines there. So we look at the region as a whole rather than just one point.
The average date of the LAST day with a high of 90º is September 11th. The average date of the FIRST 90º is June 2nd
In the Metro Atlanta region it was a muggy summer and June was the hottest month by far. I don’t have data but it felt like sunshine was probably a little less than average.
Rainfall varied but most places ended the summer not too far from average, just a little wetter or drier than normal.
Typically July or August will be when our summer heat peaks, but that did not happen this summer.
After the high heat of June temps slid the rest of summer. Daily high temps actually revealed some pockets that were cooler than normal on average compared to a normal summer, especially where it was wettest of course Southwest and Southeast.
You can see all this in the maps below.
August data not yet available.
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