Potentially record-breaking warm weather ahead for the weekend

chwright@macon.comJanuary 11, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring, despite the official start being a little more than two months away.

Adam Baker, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Macon is set to have a record-breaking weekend as a warm front remains on the East Coast.

“It’ll still be fairly warm into next week, but ... the record-breaking warm temperatures should potentially come to an end on Monday into Monday night,” Baker said.

Saturday’s low temperature is expected to match the 1907 record high of 60 degrees. The normal low is 35 degrees, Baker said. If the temperature reaches the expected high of 78 degrees Saturday, it will break the 1916 record of 77 degrees.

Baker said a warm front is moving across the East bringing in warm moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. By late Monday, a cold front is expected to sweep through, taking temperatures back down to normal -- though it still won’t be very cold.

It’s almost a perfect situation for farmers as long as the forecasts are correct, according to a Georgia Farm Bureau representative.

Joe McManus, assistant director of commodities marketing, said the current crop of winter wheat will grow more in the warmer temperatures. Planted fruit will need enough cool hours this winter to blossom, but McManus said there’s still time.

“As long as it doesn’t drag on, we’ll be fine,” he said of the warm temperatures. “I don’t think it’s any cause for concern.”

It’s definitely not a concern for the golfers taking advantage of the warmer-than-normal winter temperatures.

Jared Reneau, golf pro at International City Golf Course, said a rainy December hurt the golf course, but he expects Saturday to be a breath of fresh air. “We’ve been getting a lot of calls,” he said. “This weekend should be swamped.”

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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