High of 106 breaks record set in 1936

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Friday’s high of 106 degrees in Augusta broke a 76-year-old record for June 29, and meteorologists say more triple-digit highs can be expected through July 4.

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Kevin Richardson Sr. holds his 2-month-old son, Kevin Jr., as they seek relief from the heat in the Riverwalk fountain in downtown Augusta.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Kevin Richardson Sr. holds his 2-month-old son, Kevin Jr., as they seek relief from the heat in the Riverwalk fountain in downtown Augusta.

If highs meet meteorologists’ forecasts, there’s the potential to break temperature records today and Sunday as well. And they say no rain is in sight.

Friday’s sweltering heat reminded Richmond County sheriff’s officers how careful they need to be.

“The key is for them to stay hydrated,” Capt. Scott Gay said. “We keep a close eye on the officers.”

Since there is no reprieve for the motorcycle unit, they will jump in reserve cars when the temperatures hit a dangerous level, Gay said. Gay also said crime numbers always rise with the temperatures, mostly domestic calls and fights.

“People get all hot and bothered,” he said, “which leads to fighting.”

Temperatures reached the century mark in a week that saw a record low for the date on Wednesday. The temperature dropped to 56 degrees, five degrees below the 1979 low for June 27.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Columbia said this spring was the fourth-warmest on record in Augusta, and this summer might continue the trend.

Friday’s high broke the record of 105 degrees set on June 29, 1936. The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 105 degrees today. The record of 102 degrees for June 30 was set in 1990.

Heat indexes are expected to climb to more than 110 degrees today and Sunday.

The National Weather Center has issued a hazardous-weather outlook through Sunday because of the high temperatures.

For Linda and Scott Johnson, of Augusta, knowing this was going to be a record-breaking weekend triggered a change in plans.

“Scott and I were going to go hiking this weekend,” Linda Johnson said. “But now I think we are going to the river. Or stay inside, which is more likely.”

Temperatures are expected to slowly drop through next week before settling in the high 90s by the weekend.

Although slightly cooler than this weekend, the Fourth of July is still expected to be a scorcher, with a high near 100 degrees.

Meteorologists are waiting to see what July will bring. July 2011 in Augusta tied the sixth-warmest July on record.

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

No rain is expected through next week.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the eastern portion of Richmond County is in an extreme drought, and the western portion falls into exceptional drought, the most severe category.


Columbia saw a high temperature Friday that had never been reached in 125 years of record-keeping, and it was so hot in Raleigh, N.C., that it buckled the pavement on an interstate.

Motorists in Raleigh faced a Friday rush hour nightmare as the pavement in the southbound lanes on Interstate 440 near the Interstate 40 west exit began to fall apart. Authorities closed the highway and promised emergency repairs would start as soon as possible, but couldn’t say when the road would reopen. The high in Raleigh-Durham was 105, tying the hottest temperature ever recorded.

Columbia hit 109 degrees, the hottest temperature since forecasters started keeping records in 1887. Florence and Greenville-Spartanburg each made it to 105, both breaking records for the day.

Extreme heat watches and warnings were in effect Friday and Saturday for coastal areas in North and South Carolina, where forecasters warn outside temperatures could feel as high as 118.

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SPARKSTER83 06/29/12 - 08:59 am


CobaltGeorge 06/29/12 - 12:49 pm

At this time, taken in an open area and no reflection 107.4

gaptomom 06/30/12 - 09:28 am
Irresponsible X2

I don't know who is being more irresponsible-- the father who had his 2 month old child out in the blazing sun yesterday or the Chronicle for making this the lead front page news. Any reporting should have been to describe the dangers for anyone who would put such a young infant out in weather like this-splash fountain or not.

Jake 06/30/12 - 12:20 pm
Lighten up

Gee gaptomom, lighten up and let the man and child cool off. I used to do similar things with my kids when they were small and we are all still alive. BTW, my skin cancer is getting better.

gaptomom 06/30/12 - 01:02 pm

Your response was OK up until the comment about the skin cancer which happens to be one of the fastest growing types of cancer. Lucky you that your's is getting better. I am not that fortunate and my sister and brother died from cancer so this is not something to joke about.

CobaltGeorge 06/30/12 - 01:42 pm
Maybe I'm Lucky

From the age of about 5 on the farm to now of 73, the only time you see me with a shirt would be when I was on active duty or going some place.

Last 2 days, I have spend a total of 10 hours in this heat and I'm as black as our King. A very short pair of shorts is all I can wear when working outside. Yes, I know I'm lucky and feel for all those that have that cancer.

HighSociety 06/30/12 - 02:16 pm
I see a different picture. I

I see a different picture. I see a father with his child having some fun while cooling off. Nice to see a father out spending time with his child. I think everyone understands the risk of cancer, but we can't stay locked up indoors all day. AC thanks for the picture!

Jake 06/30/12 - 04:58 pm
Sorry gaptomom

Didn't mean to offend you or be callous. My last comment was an admonition to wear the appropriate sun block. From my readings the ones with zinc oxide are the best and don't think you can put on SPF 50 and be safe without re-applying it every so often.

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