It's beginning to look a lot like . . . springtime.
Christmas is but a week away, yet the high today is expected to hit just 2 degrees short of a record 78 set in 1984. During these muggy December days, clover's sprouting along the Chattahoochee Promenade, and a morning fog thicker than wood smoke's shrouding the river.
But don't put away your red Santa cap and snowflake-patterned sweater yet, because next week the weather is expected to turn considerably more Christmas-like.
According to the extended forecast online at www.ledger-enquirer.com/weather, highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s are to hang on through Saturday, but come Sunday, we'll soon be reminded it's the first day of winter.
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The high Sunday's to be a pleasant 62 degrees, but then the temperature's to plunge to 28 degrees that night. On Monday, the high's to be 50 degrees and the low 31.
The winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere arrives precisely at 7:04 a.m. EST Sunday. That's when the Earth, tilted on its axis, turns its Southern Hemisphere toward the sun and its Northern Hemisphere away. On this solstice, the sun's rays most directly hit the latitude line called the Tropic of Capricorn, and summer begins south of the equator.