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Georgia Climate

The climate in Georgia is a major reason so many people continue to move to the state. While climate varies among the state’s six land regions, all areas of the state are colored by four well-defined seasons:

  • A warm summer brings an average temperature of 82 degrees and the added benefit of “Indian summer” stretching into October
  • Autumn is brisk, with brilliant fall foliage throughout the state, particularly in the mountains
  • Winters are brief, with average temperatures in the low 40s and light snowfall several times a year in the north
  • Springtime is glorious, as Georgia is famous for its dogwoods, azaleas and other flora

What makes the Georgia climate so variable is the changing nature of the landscape. Topography begins at sea level and climbs to nearly 5,000 feet above sea level; in between the beaches and mountains are coastal plains, lush forests and rolling foothills.

For as long as records have been kept, Georgia has benefitted from ample rainfall and ranks high among contiguous states in annual precipitation, typically between 40 and 50 inches, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

The blend of sunshine and rainfall has helped Georgia become a national leader in agriculture, energy and other businesses that rely on clean, safe water.

More about water. Georgia is the only state with a complete inventory of water systems. The state’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has drafted baseline water resource assessments; forecasts of agricultural irrigation water demand; and new ways to forecast future municipal and industrial water demand.

In the Georgia Water Supply Act of 2008, 10 additional regional water planning councils were formed. The councils joined the Metro Atlanta Water Council, created in 2000, and they provide water planning for all 159 Georgia counties. The act also created new loan programs to fund new reservoirs and the interconnection of water and wastewater systems.

 AVERARE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES IN GEORGIA (FAHRENHEIT)

Month

Temperature

January

46

February

49

March

56

April

63

May

70

June

77

July

80

August

79

September

74

October

64

November

56

December

48

Source: NOAA National Climatic Data Center

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