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Macon Ties All-Time Record: 108 Degrees
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Saturday's high temperature soared to 108 degrees in Macon. That ties the all-time record high for the city first set on July 13, 1980.

An Excessive Heat Warning is now in effect for eastern portions of Central Georgia through 9 p.m. this evening.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for Monday.

13WMAZ Meteorologist John Boyer forecasts another record-breaking 104 degree high for Macon on Sunday . The record for this date is 103 degrees, set in 1954.

The National Weather Service says the heat index could hit 105 to 110 today.

The weather service described it as "a dangerous heat wave."

The weather service warns you to avoid the heat, take precautions and watch out for pets, children and the elderly.

The temperature peaked in Macon at 106 degrees at 4:23 p.m. on Friday, making it the hottest day in the city since July 21, 1986 -- until it hit 108 on Saturday.

Friday's temperature surpassed the previous record for June 29 of 103 degrees in 1931. The normal maximum for the date was 92 degrees.

Some safety tips for surviving the hot weather:

  • Try to avoid prolonged outdoor activities, especially strenuous ones.
  • If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or A/C if possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water and sports drinks are best.
  • Try to avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can dehydrate you.
  • If you notice that you've stopped sweating or are feeling faint, move into the air conditioning immediately. You may also need to seek medical attention, as those are signs of heat exhaustion.
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