100-degree temperatures to continue in Columbia through midweek, forecasters say

A wave of unseasonably warm temperatures with highs in the triple digits will continue to broil the Columbia area through the middle of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures in Columbia on Saturday reached 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. It was the first time in 2019 that the Capital City has broken the triple digits, and the first time since 1985 that Columbia has hit 100 degrees in a calendar year before Tuscon, Ariz.

The triple-digit highs will linger through the middle of the week, with highs in Columbia expected to ping-pong from 101 to 100 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the forecast. Heat index values between 103 and 105 are possible.

Lows will stay in the low to mid 70s through Friday night, according to the forecast.

“Many high temperature records are expected to be reached or broken over the next few days with temperatures nearly 15 degrees above normal,” forecasters said Sunday in a special weather statement. “The unusual heat this early in the season can be hazardous, especially for those that do not take proper precautions.”

The triple-digit temperatures will break Thursday, which has a forecast high of 98, according to the weather service.

There have been no heat advisories or warnings, but the National Weather Service and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday urged residents to remain alert to the potential dangers of heat and to prepare accordingly.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.