Mid-August in Alabama: Hand me that jacket
by Laura Camper
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It’s not often that Alabama residents wear sweatshirts in August, but some of the fairgoers in Cleburne County were doing just that Saturday.

Whatever pool parties might have been planned, as one woman spoke of in an Anniston grocery store Saturday afternoon, must also have seemed out of place.

Saturday, with its probable high of 69 degrees in Anniston, broke a record for the day set on Aug. 17, 1885, said Jessica Chace, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Birmingham. That recorded high was a comfortable 80 degrees, Chace said.

However, Saturday’s cool weather doesn’t set a monthly record, she added. On Aug. 31, 1986, the recorded high was 67 degrees, Chace said.

The cloud cover is the main culprit for the cool weather the last couple of days – the high was 71 degrees on Friday, according to the National Weather Service website. But a cold front that passed through the area early in the week helped usher in northwesterly winds, Chace said. In addition the southerly winds that usually bring warm temperatures this time of year have been stalled by low pressure in the gulf, she said.

But a warm-up is coming. The area should be back to normal temperatures, the mid- to upper-80s, by the end of the week.

“By the end of the week, people will be complaining about the heat again,” Chace said.

Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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