Record warmth has invaded Georgia and South Carolina ahead of an approaching cold front that will bring in much cooler weather for the weekend.
Both Augusta, Ga. and Columbia, S.C. broke their previous record highs of 80° for February 7. Augusta Regional Airport reported a high temperature of 85° nearly tying the all-time record high for the entire month of February.
According to the National Weather Service, Columbia also nearly tied its all-time warmest temperature of 84° for the month of February, set on Feb. 20, 2014. Augusta’s all-time warmest February temperature actually occurred last year, on Feb. 21, reaching 86°.
This isn’t the first time lately that record heat has occurred. Augusta’s high reached 80° on Wednesday, tying the record from 1927. And on Tuesday, the high reached 81°, tying the record from 2008. Columbia did not set a record either of those days.
The end of the winter heat wave is in sight as a cold front will pass through our area Friday morning, ushering in a cooler and drier airmass for the weekend, with high temperatures dropping back into the 50s and overnight lows in the 30s.
At Augusta Regional Airport, the normal high for this time of year is 61° and the normal low is 35°. Thursday morning’s low temperature was a relatively balmy 53°.