Although Atlanta temperatures didn’t spike high in to the 100s frequently in 2016, consistently hot days made it the warmest ever on record, according to Jordan McLeod at the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
“We didn't necessarily see a bunch of record breaking daily temperatures, you know, 110 or whatever,” said McLeod. “It was just this very persistent pattern of unusual warmth across the southeast that was really the calling card for this year’s pattern.”
On 136 days this year, Atlanta’s high exceeded 85 degrees, McLeod said. That’s about one-third of the year.