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Sunday February 7th, 2016 4:53PM

Georgia cities smash heat records statewide

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - Scorching temperatures across Georgia are smashing all-time heat records in the state.

The National Weather Service says both Atlanta and Columbus recorded their hottest-ever temperatures Saturday at 106 degrees. That means Atlanta snapped its all-time record of 105 degrees from 1980. Columbus' previous all-time-hottest record was just a day old.

Still, those weren't the hottest places to be in Georgia on Saturday. Macon hit a blistering 108 degrees, tying its hottest-day-on-record from 1980.

Thermometers in Athens topped out at 107 degrees. That's just a little cooler than Friday, when Athens broke its all-time heat record with 109 degrees.

In northeast Georgia, triple-digit readings were common in many places, as well. The high in both Gainesville and Braselton was 100, one-degree hotter than the old records for the date which were set in 1952. The high in Cumming was 104; the old record was 99 which was also set in 1952. Cornelia topped out at 99 Saturday.

Things weren't quite as sizzling on Georgia's coast. Savannah fell 2-degrees short of its daily record high of 102 set in 1998.

It was the second straight day of record or near-record highs in North Georgia and more of the same is expected through at least Tuesday.

(AccessNorthGa.com's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)
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