The heat here seems to pay the calendar no mind.
Yes, Labor Day marks summer’s unofficial end, but August’s leftover atmospheric stew tends to go right on simmering.
Lately in the midstate, depending on where you live, it may seem like it hasn’t rained in weeks.
But as it turns out rainfall totals have been about average.
Since June 1, there have been 11.61 inches of rain measured at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, an inch or so less than the average 12.98 inches for that span.
“It’s been scattered. ... I just depends on who gets under a thunderstorm, who gets rained on each day,” forecaster Verona Murrell of the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City post said Sunday.
That hit-and-miss rain pattern, along with the summer swelter, is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, even though Sept. 1 marks the first day of fall in the meteorological realm.
Meteorologists follow the “civil calendar,” which divides the year into four three-month seasons, with summer as June, July and August. It is considered a more consumer-friendly method.
In their system, fall begins Sept. 1 -- even though the autumnal equinox isn’t until Sept. 22 -- and lasts through the end of November.
Typically in Macon, September brings the coolest weather since May.
Last year, the low temperature for September was 52 degrees on Sept. 28.
The low for September in 2010 came on the 55 degree morning of Sept. 6.
Weather service forecaster Murrell said there isn’t any such heat relief in sight here just yet. Nor is there much on the way in the name of widespread rain.
“We’re looking for more of the same,” Murrell said, “more of a typical summertime pattern. And it looks like every afternoon it’s going to be scattered thunderstorms, diminishing during the evening and overnight. And that’s gonna be it through the next week pretty much.”
For the rest of the week, the daily chances of rain here are between 20 and 30 percent.
High temperatures will be in the mid-90s by Wednesday, with lower-90s forecast after that through the weekend.
“As far as actually getting a real cool-down,” Murrell said, “that probably won’t be until late September, mid-September. ... And then it may warm up a while and cool down a while. You’re still gonna have warm weather into October.”