The three warmest cities in Georgia are St. Marys, Brunswick, and Moultrie.
In this article I’m going to share with you my ranking of the warmest places in Georgia.
I created my list by researching data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other climate data providers.
Below I’m listing the top 10 warmest places in Georgia that have the highest average yearly temperatures. Later in the article I share a table with 50 most populous cities in Georgia.
I also published an article titled What City Has the Best Weather in Georgia?
Top 10 Warmest Cities in Georgia
Here are the top 10 warmest places in Georgia ranked by their daily mean temperature. Except for cities at a higher altitude with higher average cloud cover and lower temperatures, the entire state features a humid subtropical climate with long, hot summers, short, mild winters and consistent rainy days year round.
1. St. Marys – daily mean temperature of 69.5 °F
According to weather data, St. Marys is by far the hottest city in Georgia, offering the best weather for those who like high average temperatures year round. When you look at the map, there’s no wonder why it has such warm weather. This city of about 18,000 people is located right on the border with northeastern Florida, separated only by St. Marys River. In the summer months, temperatures climb to 88-91 °F (July is the hottest month). Winters are mild, with average highs of 63-66 °F. Overnight lows fall to 44-48 °F.
In other words, the weather conditions are comfortable most of the year (except for the average rainfall days that may be too frequent for some). St. Marys is a perfect city for those who don’t want to live in Florida (where the hottest cities in the US are located) but want to enjoy similar subtropical weather with perceived temperatures even higher than the thermometer suggests due to higher humidity.
2. Brunswick – daily mean temperature of 68.5 °F
Brunswick and its metropolitan area is the second most populous urban area in coastal Georgia after Savannah. It’s located about 42 miles north of St. Marys and 79 miles south of Savannah. Brunswick gets cooler winter weather than St. Marys: highs are about 2 degrees lower. Summer highs are similar. Both cities receive a high amount of rainfall per year.
3. Moultrie – daily mean temperature of 68 °F
Moultrie is located in Southwestern Georgia, 64 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida. Its average annual temperature is 0.5 °F lower than in Brunswick. Since Moultrie is located inland, it gets hotter summers with average high temperatures of 92 °F all three summer months (June, July, and August).
4. Thomasville – daily mean temperature of 67.5 °F
Thomasville is situated 28 miles southwest of Moultrie, close to the border with Florida and its panhandle. It’s 34 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida. Thomasville is known as the City of Roses and holds an annual Rose Festival. The main difference in climate between Thomasville and Moultrie is that Thomasville has colder winter nights (the difference is up to 4-5 degrees). If you want the best weather possible in the winter, better go with any of the previous cities.
5. Cairo – daily mean temperature of 67.5 °F
Cairo is a small town of 10,000 residents, located 15 miles west of Thomasville. It’s yet another city in this ranking offering some of the best weather in Georgia that’s a short drive away from Florida. It has the same annual daily mean temperature as Thomasville but it gets different weather in the winter: both nights and days are slightly warmer. Summers are cooler by about 1 degree.
6. Savannah – daily mean temperature of 67.45 °F
Savannah is the largest city featured in this ranking. If you’re looking for the biggest city in Georgia with the best weather, Savannah is the best option. Compared to other cities with bigger population, Savannah is warmer—1 degree warmer than Columbus, 3 degrees warmer than Macon and Augusta, and almost 4 degrees warmer than Atlanta. Savannah enjoys 2,757 sunshine hours a year, so besides having a pleasant, warm climate most of the year it’s also sunny. This makes it enjoy some of the best weather in Georgia, USA.
7. Waycross – daily mean temperature of 67.25 °F
Waycross is a city of about 14,000 inhabitants, located 60 miles west of Brunswick, north of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The city has colder winter nights than any previous cities on the list. During an average winter night, its temperature typically varies between 37-40 °F.
8. Valdosta – daily mean temperature of 67 °F
Valdosta is another city located in Southwestern Georgia, close to the border with Florida. It’s situated 43 miles east of Thomasville. About 55,000 people call it home. It has almost exactly the same climate as Thomasville, with the only tiny difference being slightly lower temperatures at night and a little less precipitation. Typical for Valdosta weather conditions are consistently warm to hot like in the rest of the state’s hottest cities.
9. Camilla – daily mean temperature of 67 °F
Camilla, a small town of 5,000 residents, lies 33 miles northwest of Thomasville. Like Valdosta, it has pretty much the same climate as Thomasville.
10. Dawson – daily mean temperature of 67 °F
Dawson is a town of 4,400 residents situated 24 miles northwest of Albany, the biggest city in this part of Southwestern Georgia. It gets hotter summers than the previous cities on this list while having noticeably colder winters, with highs of 58-60 °F and lows of 36-40 °F.
50 Biggest Cities in Georgia Ranked by Daily Mean Temperature
I created the table below by researching data for the most populous municipalities in Georgia. When I couldn’t find data for a given city, I moved on to another. While the list includes 50 cities, some of the bigger cities may be missing because there was no data for them. Please check the closest geographically city then.
|City||Average high temperature (°F)||Average low temperature (°F)||Daily mean temperature (°F)|
Check the Warmest Cities in Neighboring States
If you’re interested in learning about the warmest cities in states neighboring Georgia, check out the following articles:
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Alabama?
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Florida?
- What Are the Warmest Cities in South Carolina?
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Tennessee?
Frequently Asked Questions
By weather averages, the main regions of Georgia with the warmest climate are Southeastern Georgia with cities like St. Marys and Brunswick (plus Savannah further north) and Southwestern Georgia with cities like Moultrie, Thomasville, and Valdosta.
The warmest parts of Georgia enjoy average daytime temperatures that don’t go below 63 °F in the coldest months. Nights can get cool, with the average temperature reaching 44-47 °F. If that’s warm to you, then yes, Georgia is warm all year round.
On the whole, Georgia has almost the same annual daily mean temperature as South Carolina. The average for 29 major cities I researched for South Carolina was 63.4 °F while the average for Georgia was 63.3 °F.
Snow is very rare in Southeastern Georgia, particularly on the coast, in cities like St. Marys or Brunswick. Recorded average snowfall in these places is almost non-existent.
Average high temperatures go above 70 °F in March or April depending on the city.
St. Marys in southern Georgia on the border with Florida has the warmest winters. In January, average high temperatures there reach about 63 °F, with average lows dropping to 44 °F.
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