The average daily high temperature for those five days was 93, which ranks as the second hottest May 4-8 in the 67 years records have been kept at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The only year hotter for those five days was 1977, when the averge daily high was 93.2, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
The forecast high for Friday is 91, according to the National Weather Service. That would be the fifth 90-degree day of the month, only nine days into May. Last year, Columbia had only one 90-degree day in the entire month of May.
Highs are expected to drop into the 80s with more clouds and a chance of thunderstorms during the weekend.