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100-degree heat is on – until Wednesday

Jun 15, 2010 7:11:00 AM - thestate.com

A mild cold front arriving late Wednesday won’t end this early 2010 heat wave, but it will make the afternoons a little easier to bear late this week.

The forecast highs are in the low-to-middle-90s Thursday through Saturday, an improvement on the sweltering heat early this week. Columbia’s high Monday was 100.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Monday for most of the state from Columbia to the southeast, meaning the combination of heat and humidity can make it dangerous for some people to spend too much time outdoors. Another heat advisory is likely today.

Columbia’s famously hot temperature rose to 100 for the first time this year on Sunday. Weather experts pin the blame on the Bermuda high, which has set up over the central Atlantic and is pumping warm, moist air our way. The cold front moving through Wednesday should temper that blast a little, according to the weather service.