The last day of March 2010 ushered in the first 80 degree readings across central Georgia. They were few and far between, and barely on the 80 degree mark, but they were there. The first day of April 2010 saw widespread mid 80s on the temperature map, with a couple of places getting very close to 90!
80 degree readings don't occur too often in March, but are very possible. Since 1930, Macon has recorded a temperature of at least 80 degrees in March 338 times. The 80s are much more common in April. Since 1930, Macon has recorded a temperature of at least 80 degrees in April 1,045 times. It goes without saying that the months of June through September see at least 80 degrees just about every day - at least 2,000 times for each month since 1930. An interesting note - Macon has recorded highs of at least 80 degrees in every month of the year. Yes, that includes January and December! The graph below shows the number of days that had temperatures of at least 80 degrees - the data dates back to 1930.
The official high temperature in Macon on April 1, 2010 was 85. It seems April 1st is a bit early for the mid 80s, considering our average high is only in the mid 70s! After digging through the record books for Macon, it turns out, it wasn't that early at all. The average day that Macon records its first 85 degree temperature or higher is April 3rd. Compared to average, 2010 was only a couple of days ahead of schedule!