A cool spell is coming. The National Weather Service says daily highs for the next few days will be in the low 90s, and we might even see a high in the 80s next week.
In most summers, that would be considered normal. Not 2011.
Columbia has had only two days with highs less than 90 degrees since June 1. With normal or above-normal temperatures in the 14-day forecast, there’s a good chance 2011 will beat the Columbia record for fewest summer days less than 90 degrees – 9, set in 1954.
In Columbia’s extraordinarily hot summer of 2010, there were 14 sub-90 days. The June-July-August average in the past 125 years for Columbia is 38.4 days below 90, and the average for 2001-2010 was 34 days, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
The forecast highs for the weekend don’t dip down to the 80s, but they’re close enough to go out and celebrate – on the water or in the shade.