Aiken area could see record temperatures during Memorial Day weekend

May 27, 2019

“Hot Hot Hot,” the dance floor hit written and first recorded by Montserratian musician Arrow, should be the theme song for Memorial Day weekend.

The sizzling temperatures are expected to threaten or tie records, and they might even establish new marks.

“The weather pattern now features a trough in the western part of the United States, where it’s cooler, and a high pressure ridge in the East that is bringing us the heat,” said Tenia Morrison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.

According to the forecast for the Aiken area, the highs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be near 99 degrees.

Lows at night will be in the 70s.

Skies during the daytime will be sunny.

Saturday will be May 25, and Morrison said the record for that date in Augusta is 99 degrees, which was established in 2000.

The record for May 26 of 100 was set in 1926.

For May 27, the all-time high is 99, which dates back to 2000.

On Tuesday, the temperature is expected to be close to 100 degrees. If it does reach three digits, it will break the record of 99 established on May 28, 1964.

Morrison offered the following tips for dealing with the heat and intense sun:

• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

• Dress in lightweight and light-colored clothing.

• Wear a hat with a wide brim.

• Apply sunscreen regularly.

Morrison also recommended checking on the elderly, the sick and those living in homes without air-conditioning regularly.

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