It was 103 degrees in Macon on Saturday, tying the date’s century-old, record-high temperature.
An “unpleasant column” of hot air has swung into the Deep South in recent days, sending temperatures soaring, said meteorologist Carly Kovacik of the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office.
The mercury also hit 103 in Warner Robins as 100-degree highs were the norm across much of Georgia’s midsection.
A slight cool-down was expected toward the middle of the week, but highs will probably still be in the low to mid-90s, Kovacik said.
Back in 1914, the first time the high in Macon on June 25 was measured at 103 degrees, the Telegraph’s front page headline gasped, “Whew!”
“But No Prostrations of Man Or Beast Occur,” the headline went on. “Nearby Lakes Popular. ... Man With an Electric Fan Last Night Was Indeed Fortunate.”
Over toward Columbus on Saturday, in the Taylor County town of Butler, it was 105 degrees.
“Blistering,” Butler resident Diane Ross said. “Like a sauna. ... It hits you like a wall.”
Ross went out to mow her lawn earlier in the day.
“I just turned around and came back inside,” she said.
Along sun-baked Montpelier Avenue in Macon early Saturday evening, the idea of the heat didn’t deter Jerry Smith. He went for a stroll, then thought better of it. He’s from upstate New York.
“Hundred-and-three, I’m ready to go and lay down,” Smith said. “You can’t describe it. ... They told me it gets hot here. I didn’t know it’d get this hot.”