After a sweltering end to spring, forecasters say, the Augusta area is in store for a wetter than normal start to summer.
The summer solstice officially ushers in the season Saturday with temperatures expected in the high 90s, said Mike Proud, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.
Proud said thermometers might hit 100 degrees in the months ahead, but afternoon thundershowers could delay that for at least two weeks.
He said the latest forecast shows Augusta with a 50 percent chance of above-average rainfall for this time of year.
With the increased precipitation, he said, high temperatures will likely remain in the 90s. There is potential for strong thunderstorms and wind damage as the area experienced earlier this month. Two weeks ago, wind gusts exceeding 50 mph caused widespread power outages, toppled trees and caved in at least one gas station’s canopy.
“One slow-moving thunderstorm and we could easily pick up 2 inches in one afternoon,” Proud said.