Atlanta Climate, Geography & Topography
Located at the foothills of the southern Appalachians, the landscape of Atlanta is predominantly characterized by rolling hills and broad, smooth uplands. The Chattahoochee River is one of the most prominent natural features of Atlanta. It forms the northwestern boundary of the city, flowing through a valley, which ranges from 150 to 400 feet in depth and from two to five miles in width from rim to rim. On the eastern side of the metro area, Stone Mountain rises high above the tallest pines. At 825 feet tall, it is the world's largest free-standing piece of exposed granite.
Despite having a mild Atlanta climate, the city does experience all four seasons. The average annual temperature is 61 degrees. July is the hottest month, averaging 89 degrees and January is the coldest, with the average low at 33 degrees. With less than two inches of annual snowfall, it's not easy to ski or sled, but you can enjoy more than 100 golf courses, 200 public tennis courts and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails more than 300 days a year. The moderate Atlanta climate also allows us to take advantage of many outdoor festivals, concert venues and parks nearly year-round.
If you are packing your suitcase for a visit, remember to toss in a light jacket. Even though it is warm outdoors, all of our indoor attractions are air conditioned, and at times can be a bit chilly for those dressed for the heat with the Atlanta climate.
Source: City-data.com, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Stone Mountain Park, www.weather.com
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