Columbia's official temperature hit 100 for the first time this year on Monday.
That's only slightly earlier than normal for the first 100-degree day, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center. The 125-year average for the first 100-degree day is June 30. The previous three years, the first 100 came on June 8, June 27 and June 13.
Long-time residents who like to complain about the heat might have forgotten that the temperature never reached triple digits in 2001, 2003 and 2004. In fact, Columbia’s official temperature never hit 100 in 33 of the 125 years on record, according to climate center records.
Just for kicks, the climate center searched for the first and last 100-degree day each year and noted the length of time between those days. Here’s one for the old-timers to tell the youngsters about: Back in 1954, the first 100-degree day was June 9 and the last was 117 days later on Oct. 5.
Let’s hope the 100s aren’t still sticking around 117 days from now.