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Will it ever get cooler?

The summer of 2011 has been stifling. In fact in several Georgia cities, the three-month period of June, July, and August was the hottest ever. In Albany, we did set records in June and July. Once August is figured in, it wasn't quite the hottest summer on record.

Every month this year, besides January, the average temperature has been at least three degrees above normal. People we spoke with have never been more ready for summer to be over.

"It is too hot, it really is just too hot," said Jeanette Plowden. She is a diabetic and says this heat has taken a toll on her health. "I try to stay as cool a possible, but the weather has really really been hot this summer."

She says her doctor has advised her to stay out of the heat, causing her to stay inside most of the summer. "It will cause me to get dizzy and I feel weak."

The heat index has been dangerously high most days "We have seen 15 days with a high temperature over 100 here in Albany, and more than 30 days with a temperature over 100 in Valdosta, so it has been extremely hot," said WALB Meteorologist Jay Polk.

But the summer of 2011 wasn't so much about extremes as it was persistent heat, week after week and month after month the heat was relentless. "Georgia is hot, but not that hot and not that long," said Jesse Willis.

"I think a lot of people are tired of the heat, they see us talking about 100º temperatures every day, every other day, we had a string of about 5 or 6 days in a row where we had temperatures above 100 here in Albany," said Polk.

This summer the average high temperatures for June, July, and August was almost 97º, usually the high is 91º. "

"June was actually more than six degrees on average above the normal, that is a lot,"  said Polk.

One Albany mother told us she kept her kids inside most of the summer. "We would stay out for an hour, now it is only like 30 minutes because I have a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old so their play time outside, I have decreased," said Afeefah Burroughs.

And Jeanette Plowden says even though this was not quite Albany's hottest summer, it has sure felt like it. "It is the nature of GOD, and there is nothing we can do about that." Plowden   said.

Except try to find ways to stay cool.

 Fall is a season of transitions so average temperatures are going to drop quite a bit, and the sooner the better. 

 The climate Prediction Center is calling for near normal temperatures for the months of September, October, and November. Something to look forward to if you are sick of this heat.


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