Though there are still areas of exceptional drought, scattered showers in July reduced drought in south Georgia.

But dry conditions increased in north Georgia.

Hot temperatures plagued the whole state. For the sixth straight month, temperatures across Georgia were above normal.

In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 82.4 degrees F (2.4 degrees above normal), in Athens 83 degrees (3.2 degrees above normal), Columbus 84 degrees (2 degrees above normal), Macon 83.2 degrees (2.1 degrees above normal), Savannah 84.2 degrees (2.1 degrees above normal), Brunswick 84.1 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal), Alma 83.7 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal), Valdosta 83.1 degrees (2.7 degrees above normal) and Augusta 84.5 degrees (3.7 degrees above normal).

For Atlanta, this was the fifth warmest July and the fifth warmest June and July since records began in 1878. It was also the city's second warmest February-through-July period on record.

All National Weather Service stations in Georgia were in the top 12 warmest Julys and top 5 warmest June-through-July periods.

Columbus had its highest ever June and July average temperature since records started in 1948.

Columbus, Savannah and Alma also set record-high average minimum temperatures for June and July since records began.

In spite of the continuing hot conditions, only one daily record high was broken. Augusta set a new record July 30 with 103 degrees, breaking the old record of 102 set that date in 1999.

Brunswick tied its high of 99 degrees July 14, set last year.