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It looks like the dog days of summer may finally be over in the Augusta area.  It will still be in the upper 80s and even low 90s this week, but no more temperatures inching toward triple digits this year, according to the Weather Channel. Could this be the start of Fall?

We officially welcome fall, or the Fall Equinox, on Saturday, September 23 at 2:50 a.m.  It’s the moment when the sun crosses the Equator, giving us more darkness than daylight.   Our hours of daylight have been getting shorter each day since the summer solstice in June.  In mid-December we’ll have the arrival of the winter solstice, which will mark the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight.

High temperatures in the Augusta area for the remainder of September should be in the 80’s, with lows in the low to mid 60s.  The long range forecast for the first day of fall on September 23 calls for sunshine and a high of 83, with a low of 63.  The average high temperature for that date is 86.

It won’t be long before we see bursts of color in the trees before the leaves begin to fall.  We don’t see the end of Daylight Saving Time though until November 5 at 2 a.m.  That’s when we “fall back” and set our clocks back one hour before going to bed November 4. We gain an hour of sleep that night, but sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier and there will be more light in the morning.

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