Record cold grips Macon, Middle Georgia

The latest blast of frigid air turned Macon’s climatology upside down with record temperatures.

The mercury plunged to 17 degrees at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday, shattering the record low at Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

But actually, the record first fell at midnight when the temperature was 23 degrees, a degree colder than the previous record low on Nov. 19, 2008.

A minute before midnight, 23 degrees tied the record low for Nov. 18.

The morning low had only been in the upper 20s Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s high temperature of 42 is the lowest maximum temperature recorded for Nov. 18 and is the normal low for mid-November. The previous record was 46 degrees set in 2000.

Thursday’s low is expected to be in the mid-20s, well above the record of 19, and it will warm to near 60.

There is a threat of heavy rain, severe weather and possible tornadoes Sunday as the pendulum swings back to temperatures in the 60s and 70s.