The state’s all-time high temperature record of 113, apparently set at two sites on Friday, is on hold pending further investigation.
For such important records, the State Climatology Office checks the weather stations to make sure they are operating correctly and compares the results with the five nearest sites, said state climatologist Hope Mizzell. The results then must be approved by the National Climatic Data Center — a process that could take up to two weeks.
At issue are the 113 readings Friday at official National Weather Service stations in Johnston and in Columbia at the University of South Carolina. Those would top the state’s previous all-time record of 111, set in 1925 in Calhoun Falls and Blackville and matched in 1954 in Camden.
Meanwhile, this week’s temperatures aren’t expected to reach the weekend’s record levels, but it will still be quite warm. Highs, at least through the Fourth of July holiday Wednesday, are expected to be in the upper 90s, with a slight chance of thunderstorms each day.