The thermostat is expected to hit 100 degrees in the Columbia area on Sunday, with heat warnings attached.
That would make it the first 100-degree day of the year.
Temperatures won’t cool down much the following days, and there is no chance of rain or thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Monday’s high is forecast to hit 98. Tuesday – Election Day – could see 97. Overnight lows should be around 74.
HERE’S A COOL OPTION. One way to stay cool Saturday is to head over to Gadsden Street near Finlay Park for Slide the City. The 1,000-foot outdoor water slide is in town for the day and will be gushing with water.
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Ultimate Slider tickets are $50 on Saturday (the day of) and sold for one of two shifts. You can slide as many times as possible between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or between 2 p.m.-7 p.m. You’ll receive a drawstring bag, mouth guard and a inflatable tube, but you also can bring your own bring floaties and water toys.
Showing up at the beginning of your allotted time allows you to maximize your number of slides!
HEAT DOs AND DON’Ts. The weather service reminds people to drink lots of water – not caffeine – and to remember not to leave children or pets inside cars even for a few minutes. When it’s 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car is 99 after 10 minutes. After 20 minutes, it is 109, the service says.
Also, remember to water tender plants and don’t go into the sun during the hottest part of the day.