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Old 01-02-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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I'm reading that people write Athens is hot AND humid in the summer. I am trying to get a sense of just HOW hot and humid it gets, and how long it lasts.

One of the other areas we are looking at is Mount Pleasant, SC, 8 miles from Charleston, SC, on the coast as well, not inland. I have heard the summer there described as "Hotter than the back doors of H...", last from June - Oct.

Is that the kind of heat/humidity we're talking about in Athens?

I would think that being near the ocean with a bit of a breeze wouldn't be as bad, but I know the humidity is higher on the coast, so not sure if Athens would be a bit cooler, not as humid, and perhaps not hot as long as Charleston area.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Average Weather for Athens, GA - Temperature and Precipitation

You can also click to look at record lows and highs, but be careful... those are single day extremes across decades of data.

Nonetheless, it paints a picture. All of the cities you are looking at in the south will be somewhat similar in temperature and humidity.

Most of the south is a humid, semi-tropical environment. It is typical it will get into the 90s for the daily high for about 2-3 months and the daily low will be around 65-70. The 3 extreme winter months avgs 50s in the high and low 30s in the low

However, extreme days will happen... every few years it will get into triple digits for a few days and every few years it can get particularly cold in winter.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:17 PM
 
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Not just the heat and humidity in the summer but the pollen storm in spring that lasts for weeks. Everything turns yellow. Washing a car is useless. Clouds of yellow pollen. I doubt climate web sites will give you that tidbit. It has been one item tempting us to move out of the state.

The best time of year is autumn in Athens and it doesn't last nearly long enough.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:55 PM
 
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I'm reading that people write Athens is hot AND humid in the summer. I am trying to get a sense of just HOW hot and humid it gets, and how long it lasts.

One of the other areas we are looking at is Mount Pleasant, SC, 8 miles from Charleston, SC, on the coast as well, not inland. I have heard the summer there described as "Hotter than the back doors of H...", last from June - Oct.

Is that the kind of heat/humidity we're talking about in Athens?

I would think that being near the ocean with a bit of a breeze wouldn't be as bad, but I know the humidity is higher on the coast, so not sure if Athens would be a bit cooler, not as humid, and perhaps not hot as long as Charleston area.
Coastal South Carolina gets hot and it is brutal there, even just a few miles inland. Athens summer weather is less humid but still hot for many, but if you are not used to the hot weather in the south, you might think all of it is too hot. YMMV.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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What is YMMV?

How long does the high heat last in Athens? Does Athens have four seasons?
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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Yes to 4 seasons.

Heat is usually at its height in July/Aug/Mid-september. Doesn't typically get cold until November and then that is debatable if you compare to NE or MW temps.

The problem some have when they relocate to anywhere is finding they have allergies to something in the new environment. Another reason to rent for a year.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:19 AM
 
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As someone who has lived in Athens for 5 years I have to say that it can get pretty hot, but not any different from the rest of the deep south. Compared to Atlanta it's always a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees hotter in the summer. Must be the elevation.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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As someone who has lived in Athens for 5 years I have to say that it can get pretty hot, but not any different from the rest of the deep south. Compared to Atlanta it's always a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees hotter in the summer. Must be the elevation.
The Atlanta metro is around 1000 feet ASL. The center of Athens is 646 ft.

Here's a comparison between the two weather-wise. Looks like you're mostly right.

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:13 PM
 
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I grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. I much prefer the climate in Athens, where we do USUALLY (except not this year apparently) get four seasons, and the summers are nowhere near as hot and sticky.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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Average Weather for Athens, GA - Temperature and Precipitation

You can also click to look at record lows and highs, but be careful... those are single day extremes across decades of data.

Nonetheless, it paints a picture. All of the cities you are looking at in the south will be somewhat similar in temperature and humidity.

Most of the south is a humid, semi-tropical environment. It is typical it will get into the 90s for the daily high for about 2-3 months and the daily low will be around 65-70. The 3 extreme winter months avgs 50s in the high and low 30s in the low

However, extreme days will happen... every few years it will get into triple digits for a few days and every few years it can get particularly cold in winter.
Good post He's right. This ain't Nebraska you know.

Learn to do what we do, stay indoors during the summer, run hell out of your air conditioner, take lots of showers.

But the up side is that you pay that price because nothing in the world is as pretty as Georgia in the spring.
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