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Midlands famously hot for May could break records

May 23, 2011 10:45:00 AM - thestate.com
The late May heat wave in the Midlands hasn’t peaked yet. The National Weather Service forecast calls for highs in the mid 90s for the next three days, with Tuesday and Wednesday likely to be the hottest yet.

The official Columbia high hit 95 on Sunday and is forecast to be near or above that mark for the next few days.

While this is about 10 degrees above normal, it’s not uncommon to hit the 90s in late May. Last year, Columbia made it to 90 degrees 11 times in May. Going into today, we’ve had only four 90-degree days this May.

The best chance for a record high would be Tuesday, with a forecast of 96 and a record of 98. Most days in the last week of May have record highs in triple digits.

-Joey Holleman

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