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Macon gets a break from triple-digit temperatures

After three days of blast furnace temperatures, highs in the mid-90s across the midstate Monday must have seemed like a walk in the park.

With a string of high temperatures that rang up 106, 108 and 108 from Friday through Sunday, Monday was a more mundane 94 degrees in Macon, well below the forecast of 102. Highs for the rest of the week will be in the mid- to upper 90s.

The record-busting streak in recent days was far from the worst stretch of 100 degree days that have zapped Macon, however.

Temperatures rose above 100 degrees for seven days in a row in September 1925, according to the National Weather Service.

Still, some cities across the state broke temperature records over the weekend that had stood for decades.

The hot weather prompted people to crank up their air conditioners, and some of them weren’t up to the job, a quick survey of repair shops showed.

Kevin Bryant, service manager at Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning, said the weekend was the company’s busiest in about 50 years.

“We ran around fixing (air conditioners) like crazy,” he said.

Bryant said the repairs were mostly to units that just weren’t capable of handling the extreme heat.

And the heat proved dangerous for some people.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said one person attending Robert “Mighty Rock” Robert’s funeral Saturday passed out and was taken to the emergency room.

Dr. Gary Godlewski, an emergency room doctor at Coliseum Northside Hospital, said a handful of people came into the ER over the weekend and were treated for heat exhaustion.

Most of the patients were treated and went home the same day, he said, but one person whose condition was brought on by a combination of extreme heat and alcohol use was admitted.

It is never a good idea to drink alcohol in extreme heat, he said, and he urged people to moderate their outdoor consumption of alcohol over the Fourth of July holiday.

To contact writer Liz Bibb, call 744-4425.

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