Hot weather to last into next week

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It's only going to get hotter before the mercury drops to a normal July temperature in Augusta.

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Gary Sawyers loads a pallet of ReddyIce in the freezer at Dixie Ice and Coal on Wednesday. The freezer is kept around 25 to 26 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on how often the door is opened and how hot it is outside. 
  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Gary Sawyers loads a pallet of ReddyIce in the freezer at Dixie Ice and Coal on Wednesday. The freezer is kept around 25 to 26 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on how often the door is opened and how hot it is outside.

The remnants of a cold front that brought temperatures down to the pleasant 80s over Independence Day weekend gave way to scorching high 90s at the beginning of the week.

That trend continues today with a forecast high of 101, and Friday only a degree cooler.

Another frontal system is on its way though to cool things off by early next week to a normal 92, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

That system could spin off some showers and even thunderstorms Saturday.

Statistically, July is the hottest month of the year for Augusta. High temperatures average 89 in August.

Still, the Weather Service gives a 44 percent chance of higher-than-normal temperatures for July, August and September in the area.

Ways to keep cool and stay safe

- If you must go outdoors, stay hydrated, seek shade and wear loose, light-colored clothing.

- Be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke and keep an eye on those around you. Young children, seniors 65 and older, and those who suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

- Put off activities in your home, like using the oven or washing clothes, until temperatures cool off in the evening. The extra heat generated from the appliances will make it harder to keep your home cool.

-- From staff reports


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