The year is off to a dry start.

A total of .77 inches of rainfall was recorded in January, making it the fifth driest start to a year since the Athens Daily Review began keeping weather records in 1958.

Since October, Athens has received 3.59 inches, including the .20 recorded Sunday night when a cold front triggered a brief shower and thunder.

The average high temperature in January was 61 and the average low was 38.

Here are the five driest Januarys on record:

1971 — .29

1967 — .50

1983 — .70

2003 — .76

2009 — .77

No additional rainfall is forecast the rest of the week. The first hint of a chance of precipitation is next Monday and Tuesday.

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