Columbia shatters record high temp for Saturday

jwilkinson@thestate.comJanuary 13, 2013 

— A high temperature of 82 degrees in Columbia on Saturday shattered the previous record high on Jan. 12 of 77 degrees, set in 1916.

The reading was taken at 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

“We blasted it,” said the weather service’s Jim Kilmer.

Daily records also were set in Florence, at 81, and Greenville-Spartanburg, at 73, according to the weather service.

Saturday’s high not only breaks the Columbia record for Jan. 12, it ties for the third-warmest January day ever in the city. There have been only 18 January days in the 80s in Columbia history, and since Sunday will be warm as well, we might see two of those back-to-back.

Kilmer said the forecast high for Sunday is in the upper 70s – the same as Saturday. The all-time high for Jan. 13 is also 77 degrees, so that record could fall as well.

“Tomorrow is a possibility,” he said. “That one is in jeopardy.”

The record high temperature for all of January is 84 degrees, set on Jan. 24, 1974, and Jan. 30, 1975.

The forecast high for Monday is in the mid-70s.

Staff Writer Joey Holleman contributed.

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