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Climatology for New Years' Day

As the New Year draws closer, many questions arise about what kind of weather Georgia has seen on January 1st. What has been the warmest start to the New Year? When was the coldest New Year's Day? Here is some information that will answer some of these questions.


On the average, high temperatures ranged from the upper 40s across north Georgia to near 60 across central Georgia. The average low temperatures range from the upper 20s across north Georgia to the upper 30s across central Georgia.  However, there have been a few New Year's with temperatures nearing the 80 degree mark across Central Georgia. We have also seen bitterly cold starts to the New Year with record low temperatures in the single digits. Here are a few record temperatures across the state:

Record Temperatures for January 1
  Atlanta Athens Macon Columbus
  Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min
Record Temp. (°F) 75 7 76 6 78 17 78 18
Year 1952 1928 1985 1918 1985 1984 1952 1977


While most New Year's Days have been dry, there have been a few with heavy rain or snow. See the two charts below for the record rainfall and snowfall amounts.

Record Precipitation for January 1
  Atlanta Athens Macon Columbus
Precipitation (inches) 1.37 1.61 2.16 2.28
Year 1955 1888 1955 1955


Record Snowfall on January 1
  Atlanta Athens Macon Columbus
Snow Amount (inches) 0.1 0.9 Trace Trace
Year of Occurence 2001 1962 1900 2001, 1964


[ Average Maximum Temperature for Jan 1 ]
Avearage Maximum Temperature for Jan. 1st.
[ Average Minimum Temperature for Jan 1]
Average Minimum Temperature for Jan. 1st.

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