Rain and high temps expected this week

Monday, June 25, 2012 8:01 AM
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Unpredictable tropical storm activity could influence temperatures early this week, but meteorologists expect highs near 100 degrees by the end of the first full week of summer.

This NOAA satellite image taken Monday shows clouds in the eastern Gulf of Mexico associated with Tropical Storm Debby as it moves very slowly toward northern Florida.   WEATHER UNDERGROUND/ASSOCIATED PRESS
WEATHER UNDERGROUND/ASSOCIATED PRESS
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday shows clouds in the eastern Gulf of Mexico associated with Tropical Storm Debby as it moves very slowly toward northern Florida.

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“It’s going to be close (to 100), but I wouldn’t forecast it yet,” said Michael Cammarata, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C. “There’s just too much uncertainty.”

The uncertainty is connected to Tropical Storm Debby, which at the moment is close to stationary but expected to slowly move into northern Florida through the week.

Cammarata said that at this point the forecast is less certain because of differing weather models.

“Winds are what steer the tropical storms, and if there is very little wind they don’t get steered very well. It’s very difficult to determine where they’re going to go,” he said.

The Augusta area is expected to stay “moist and warm” with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Depending on the path of the tropical system, the wet weather could extend through the week, meteorologists said.

Cammarata said Tuesday’s high could be between 80 and 90 degrees, depending on cloud cover.

An upper level ridge building in the area about midweek will raise temperatures through the remainder of the week. Meteorologists are predicting a high of 99 degrees for Friday.

That would be close to the high temperature recorded last year – 101 on June 21. It’s still four degrees lower than the highest June temperature, recorded in 1952.

According to the three-month weather outlook, Cammarata said, temperatures this summer are expected to stay high. Meteorologists are predicting normal to slightly above average temperatures and normal to slight above average precipitation.

RICHMOND COUNTY COOLING CENTERS

Carrie J. Mays Center -1014 11th Ave. - 706-821-2827

Bernie Ward Center - 1941 Lumpkin Road. - 706-790-0588

Blythe Center - 3129 Georgia Highway 88, Blythe - 706-592-4988

Henry H. Brigham Center - 2463 Golden Camp Road. - 706-771-2654

May Park - 622 4th Street - 706-724-0504

McBean Center - 1155 Hephzibah/McBean Road, Hephzibah - 706-560-2628

Sand Hills Center - 2540 Wheeler Road. - 706-842-1912

W. T. Johnson Center -1606 Hunter St. - 706-821-2866

Warren Road Center - 300 Warren Road. - 706-860-2833

COLUMBIA COUNTY COOLING CENTERS

Bessie Thomas Community Center - 5913 Euchee Creek Dr., Grovetown - 706-556-0807

Patriot’s Park - 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown - 706-868-3458

Wesley United Methodist Church - 825 N. Belair Road, Evans - 706-869-0888

Eubank Blanchard Community Center - 6868 Cobbham Road, Appling - 706-868-3349

Laurel & Hardy Museum - 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem - 706-556-0401 or 706-556-0043

Harlem Senior Center - 405 W. Church St., Harlem - 706-449-8400 or 706-556-0043

Liberty Park Community Center - Newmantown Road., Grovetown - 706-863-4576

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curly123053 06/25/12 - 07:13 am
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I'm just about ready for Fall

I'm just about ready for Fall already!!

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mct_test 06/25/12 - 08:10 am
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we could definitely use some rain!

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specsta 06/26/12 - 12:06 am
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Agreed!

@ curly - I wholly agree with your comment!

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