This past summer was one of the warmest on record for Georgia. It wasn’t that the daytime high temperatures were that unusual; it was the warm nighttime temperatures that set records.

Meteorologists and climatologists define summer as the months of June, July and August. Almost all locations in Georgia had record to near-record warm nights for this time period.

Locations with at least 60 years of climate data that experienced record-setting warm average daily minimum temperatures, which typically indicates nighttime temperatures, included Atlanta (132 years of climate data), Jasper (68 years), Gainesville (109 years), Toccoa (107 years), Athens (67 years), Augusta – Bush Field (67 years), Waynesboro (75 years), Louisville (98 years), Macon (80 years), Columbus (63 years), Camilla (70 years), Moultrie (83 years), Brooklet (84 years), and Alma (62 years).

Locations with at least 60 years of climate data that experienced the second warmest average daily minimum temperatures included Cedartown (73 years of climate data), Tifton (89 years), Brunswick – McKinnon (62 years), and Sunnyside/Waycross (101 years).

The third warmest average daily minimum temperatures were reported at Clayton (109 years), Lafayette (68 years), and Milledgeville (104 years). The fourth warmest average summer nights were recorded at Eastman (105 years) and Savannah (137 years).