Macon reached a high of 98 degrees Thursday afternoon, with a heat index of 102, officials with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City said.
Though it was short of the record high of 105 degrees set on the date in 1980, it was still plenty hot, with 98 degrees being the hottest temperature recorded here this year.
High humidity will make the upper 90s forecast for Friday feel more like 105 south of a line stretching from Columbus to Macon to Warrenton.
Conditions are expected to be dangerously hot again Friday with an expected high of 99 degrees, feeling like 105 in the late afternoon. The weather service is predicting the dangerously hot temperatures to last a few days.
Everyone is urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms and out of direct sunlight.
If possible, schedule strenuous activity in the early morning or evening. Take frequent breaks if you must work outside.