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Update June 23, another record down: The weather is keeping it up.
Yesterday another record perished with the high of 98 trumping the record of 97 set in 1990.
A quick review of the National Weather Service show six days of record heat in June thus far.
And we're due for another 98 degree day today with a heat index of 104 — and some likely thunderstorms from 2 p.m. through the evening with the worst due to hit from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Update June 22, more heat and wilting records: While we have another day of hot temperatures ahead (high of 98, feel of 103) we may finally be near an end.
Expect a mild cooling trend as we head in to the weekend when the high on Saturday is due to "only" reach 89 and showers are a possibility.
Yesterday broke another record, hitting 102 in Charleston and besting the 1990 record of 100. It also seems the old record of 97 for today will be at least tied.
Update June 21, hotter 'n' heck: The heat is showing no sign of relenting with another day of near-100 degree temperatures and 107 degree heat indexes slated.
Not only is that in the forecast for Tuesday, but Wednesday as well.
And a slew of new records have been set:
- Monday, North Charleston: 102 high breaks old record high of 100 set in 1970;- Monday, North Charleston: Minimum temperature of 80 breaks old record high minimum of 77 set in 1950;- Monday, downtown Charleston: 100 high ties old record high set in 1928;- Monday, downtown Charleston: Minimum temperature of 81 breaks old record high minimum of 80 set in 2009;- Sunday, North Charleston: Record high of 100 degrees ties the old record of 100 set in 1970.
You know the drill by now, stay in the shade, drink fluids, and beware of heat stroke.
Update June 20: While the thunderstorms were a no-show yesterday, the boiling heat certainly did arrive — and it seems it would like to stay.
The National Weather Service's forecast synopsis for today is a simple "hot" with the mercury due to hit 100 and bring a heat index peak of 112 by 4 p.m. — but don't worry; we'll cool off to a feel of 105 by 7 p.m.
Be wise and avoid outside activities if you can, and if you must, beware of heat stroke and stay near shade and drinking water.
There's a chance of merciful thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening.
And don't expect much reprieve on Tuesday; the forecast is much the same but with one standard peak near 4 p.m. of 95 degrees and a feel of 107.
First report June 19: The pattern of oppressive Lowcountry heat appears to have broken; now we're back to a more normal pattern of oppressive heat and crazy thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service is warning that "clusters of thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon across upstate South Carolina and move rapidly to the south east over parts of southeast South Carolina."
The service expects that these will hit between 5 and 10 p.m. with the likely possibility of damaging winds, and a possible repeat performance on Monday.
To add discomfort to possible injury, the forecast also calls for a high of 97 (feel of 103) on Sunday and on Monday a high of 98 (feel of 107).
So go ahead and hit the beach; just don't stay too long.