Temperatures soared to around 90 degrees for parts of North Georgia Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, that has only happened about four times this year.
“We’ve been stuck in a persistent pattern where we’ve just gotten, you know, so much rain over the last several weeks it’s not allowed for much sunshine and we haven’t been able to get up to our typical hotter weather into the 90s,” explained Meteorologist Ryan Willis. “So, it’s been significantly cooler than average so far through July especially.”
The rain and cooler temperatures have had an impact on Georgians ability to participate in normal summer activities.
This is Molly Anderson’s second summer as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at Lakeshore Natatorium in Carrollton.
“It’s been interesting,” said Anderson. “We’ve had a lot fewer swimmers because of the rain.”
Anderson said the number of people coming to the pool has changed dramatically this week because of the hotter, clearer weather.
“We’ve had more [visitors] especially toward the end of the afternoon when it gets the hottest,” Anderson explained.
Linda Hartsfield, Chief Ranger of Recreation at Allatoona Lake said her employees also noticed more people coming to the parks on Wednesday.
“I think they’re probably trying to grab all they can before school comes back,” said Hartsfield.
Willis said Wednesday and Thursday were forecast to be the hottest days with chances for rain and cooler temperatures creeping back into the forecast by the weekend.