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Temperatures and gas prices decline
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COMING SUNDAY

In Sunday Life, a look at the leaf-changing season in the North Ga. mountains.

It's a little too early to head to the Georgia mountains to see the leaves changing, but this weekend could be a great time to go for a ride.

Not only are the temperatures dropping, so is the price of gas.

"This weekend will be gorgeous," said forecaster Alex Gibbs of the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.

Gibbs said after today's high in the low-80s, the temperature will drop to 60 overnight. Then the highs will be in the mid-70s on Friday, 70 on Saturday and 69 on Sunday. Lows will be 48-50 during the weekend.

"I think this is one of the cooler weekends we've seen in a long time," he said.

The normal high for today is 76 and normal low is 56, so the area will have early-May type weather for the weekend, Gibbs said.

Normally temperatures in the 40s don't become common until late October, he said.

Gibbs said there is only a slight chance of rain tonight, but otherwise dry conditions are predicted through the weekend.

He said it could be another two weeks before it's worth heading north to see the leaves changing colors.

But, gas prices have dropped below $3.50 and there is no increase expected anytime soon.

"Pump prices ... are expected to remain relatively the same," said Jessica Brady, AAA Auto Club South public relations manager.

Oil prices increased slightly last week after Tropical Storm Lee caused about a 3-million-barrel decrease in U.S. stockpiles of crude oil because Gulf Coast refineries were forced to evacuate.

At the beginning of this week, the national average price of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.59 per gallon, 6 cents less than last week. Brady said.

Georgia's average price of $3.46 at the beginning of the week reflected an 8-cent decrease from last week.

 

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