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Record cold temperatures reach 3rd straight day

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For the third straight day, the high temperatures in Atlanta are breaking records for how low they are.

Saturday's high was 66 degrees. Normally, this time of year the high temperature is in the upper 80s.

The temperatures put a chill over Decatur's Blues, Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival – an annual outdoor event. Event manager Regan Koski said the number of people who came out to the festival on Saturday didn't measure up to the turnout in past years.

"Turnout last year, we had between 6,500 and 7,000 people – it was great weather," Koski said. "It's kind of a freak of nature that it's even cold – it's August and we're wearing jeans and coats, and it's very weird."

Koski said that money raised at the event goes to benefit local nonprofit organizations. She hoped more people would turn out for beer, blues, barbecue and a good cause.

Lorraine Wynn came out anyway – shivering under a raincoat she borrowed from her daughter.

"I'm from Atlanta, and I still can't believe this weather. It's crazy," Wynn said. "I would expect this in November. Not in August. Not in Atlanta."

Across town, people bundled up in hoodies and even jackets – two pieces of clothing that Valerie Hamilton didn't think she'd have to unpack from boxes for at least another month or so.

"I'm ready for my boots my jacket, sweater and everything," Hamilton said. "It is freezing for me. I mean, maybe that's a little exaggerated, but really it feels like fall already."

Thursday had the coldest high temperature on record since 1908, when the high was only 77 degrees.

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