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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 11:56am

Heat Wave Brings Unusually Hot Nights

The heat wave that has settled in Georgia for the next few days will have temperatures breaking 100 degrees in parts of the state tomorrow.

Augusta and Macon will get the hottest temps Thursday, pushing past the 100 degree mark with the rest of the state reaching high into the 90’s, say forecasters. It’s not abnormal for July, and no records will be broken, they say.

But there is something unusual with this heat spell says assistant state climatologist Pam Knox.

"The heat wave this year is not unprecedented, but it’s really interesting to notice [that] it’s the night time temps that are really warm," says Knox. "When you have a lack of cooling at night, you really get no relief."

Knox attributes the night heat to increasing urbanization where the pavement traps the heat and releases it after the sun goes down. It’s also due to high humidity from all the rain this summer.

People will get some relief this weekend. Temperatures are expected to drop to the high 80’s and mid 90’s by Saturday.

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