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# of drought-affected counties in Ga. increases

Several northeast Georgia counties are now considered in some stage of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), and the prospects of any significant rainfall for the next several days are slim.

This week’s USDM map shows “abnormally” dry conditions in all or parts of Rabun, Habersham, Union, Towns, Dawson, Forsyth, Gilmer and Fannin counties. The number of counties impacted in northwest Georgia (see map) also increased. Click here to view the map: Georgia | U.S. Drought Monitor (unl.edu)

As for the prospects for rain, the National Weather Service (NWS) says we can expect nothing but sunny skies through at least next Wednesday. And much cooler weather over the weekend, with the region’s first temperatures in the 30s and 40s both Saturday and Sunday nights. Daytime highs both those days will be in the low- to-mid 60s before rebounding to the 70s to start the work week.