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Hot, dry conditions persist

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South Georgia's heat wave may just be starting, with the first day of summer Tuesday, above average temperatures persist.

Hot, dry weather continues to force farmers to irrigate contributing to the low levels of creeks and streams.

Creek levels here in Lee County have improved but not by much, you're still able to wade out pretty far in the creek without getting wet. If we don't see more rain this week, we could be right back where we started by the weeks end.

Dry conditions in south Georgia persist. Just take a look at this...a birds eye view over the fires burning in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp. Pilot Bobby Davis took these pictures Friday and Sunday and you can see the orange glow of flames in the smoke clouds.

"Lot of intense smoke from different altitudes, from different intensities of the fire," said pilot Bobby Davis.

Because of dry conditions in Georgia until we get heavy rainfall, Forestry officials say pilots will continue to battle smoky conditions.

"At 8,000 feet that day you could see the brown haze even above you at 8,000 feet," said Davis.

From the air he's also watched drought conditions in creeks and streams.

"You can see the sand on the edges of the creeks where you wouldn't normally be able to see that," said Davis.

Last weeks average of two inches of rainfall in areas of south Georgia is helping, but won't break this extreme drought .

"We have seen an up tick in stream flow in a number of the tributaries and in the main stem of the flint so that's good news," said Mark Masters, Flint River Water Planning & Policy Center.

While your water use in the house and yard is pulling from the underground aquifer, some of that actually helps stream flows that are down because of the drain on the aquifer to irrigate.

"It's not like your Industrial and municipal users where you may pull it out but a significant portion is charged back into the stream," said Masters.

It takes the run off from a field much longer to recharge the system. The good news is the Upper Floridan aquifer does recharge quickly as long as we continue to get rain.

June is on track to set a record. Already we've five days of new record highs set this month.

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