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.
“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.