The second weekend of spring will feel more like the start of summer across the Palmetto State, and numerous record highs are even likely to be broken.
A sprawling dome of high pressure is forecast to build across the Southeast in the coming days, which will promote sinking air and abnormally warm temperatures for this time of year.
Southwesterly winds near the ground will also allow warm, dry continental air to move into the Midlands and Upstate regions, which will allow the warmth to spread farther inland.
The table below lists the forecast high temperatures compared to the records of each day for select cities across South Carolina. A yellow background denotes the possibility of a record being tied, whereas a light red background represents a likely scenario where a record high will be broken.
Inland cities such as Greenville and Florence will approach record high temperatures beginning Friday, and this trend will continue through the weekend. The State’s capital could also tie a record high on Friday or Saturday.
Coastal areas will not be able to escape the heat either, as southwesterly winds near the ground will allow warm, dry continental air to move into the Lowcountry and PeeDee regions. Myrtle Beach, for example, could shatter records by several degrees on Saturday and Sunday as temperatures soar into the lower 80s.
South Carolina is not the only state experiencing a warm weekend. Dozens of record high temperatures are expected over the next few days from Texas to Florida. Parts of West Texas will be sizzling with temperatures nearing 100 degrees, while other states like Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, will be recording 90s.
The ridge of high pressure will begin to break down early next week, thanks to the development of a strong low pressure system moving through the nation’s midsection. If this system holds together, temperatures will begin to return to near average and precipitation chances could increasing for the Palmetto State beginning Tuesday.