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Triple-digit heat to continue today
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Can it get any hotter? We’re afraid to ask.

June bowed out with another scorching day Saturday. Temperatures recorded at the National Weather Service automated station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville reached a high of 101 degrees.

It’s not expected to get any better today, with a forecast high of 102 under cloudless, sun-baked skies. A heat advisory remains in effect for all of North Georgia as temperatures are expected to hit triple digits for a third day.

In addition, a code red air quality alert is issued for areas closer to metro Atlanta. People with respiratory ailments and other health conditions should take extra precautions.

Robert Garcia at the NWS regional office in Peachtree City said temperatures around Gainesville may depend on how close you are to Lake Lanier, which cools the surrounding air a bit.

“We’re telling people to try and stay indoors as much as they can and drink plenty of fluids,” Garcia said.

Hall County Fire Chief and Emergency Services Director David Kimbrell reported no increase in calls for heat-related problems Saturday.

Gainesville’s record high temperature was 107 recorded on three dates across June and July in 1952. More recently, the highest temperature in the last few decades was 103, reached on July 20-21, 1986.

Friday’s recorded high was 102.

Atlanta recorded its all-time record high of 106 Saturday, as did Columbus. Macon hit a blistering 108 degrees, and Athens topped out at 107.

There is some relief in sight, though, for the holiday week ahead. Clouds will bring a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday with a high dipping to 99.

That chance of scattered storms will remain the same Tuesday and Wednesday, Independence Day, with highs in the mid 90s and overnight temps back down into the 70s.


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