Hot days await Grand Strand

akelley@thesunnews.comJune 22, 2013 

— If it doesn't feel like summer is here, don't worry. Scorching

hot days are still on the way.

Temperatures on the Grand Strand are actually sitting around normal for

this time of year, said Sandy LaCorte, meteorologist with the National

Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

On Friday, it was 83 degrees, in North Myrtle Beach, the closest official

monitoring station. That's a degree lower than the same day in 2012 and a

few notches below normal which is 86 degrees.

It may have seemed cooler than expected for late June, but LaCorte said the

weather all week and looking forward into next week is right at normal and

typical for the start of the summer season.

The apparent cool could be a result of the heat spell on June 12 and 13,

which were the hottest days recorded in North Myrtle Beach since last

September.

``One of the reasons [people might think we're cooler than normal] is

throughout this year we took a while to warm up,'' LaCorte said. ``We were

pretty cool longer than normal. Then once it did turn warm it turned warm

pretty quick, especially last week when we had head indexes in the 100s.''

Just off the coast of the Grand Strand Friday there was a stalled frontal

system moving back towards land that led to mostly cloudy skies with

scattered showers that also kept the heat from spiking.

That weather pattern, partly to mostly cloudy with chances of storms, was

expected to hang around through the end of this week, which LaCorte said is

typical of summer.

Temperatures should sit in the mid to upper 80s with overnight lows in the

70s.

A heat wave hit at the end of June and into the first couple days of July

last year when record temperatures were set across the country, including a

109 degree day in Columbia on June 29.

So enjoy it while it lasts.

LaCorte said the end of the month is typically when the dog days of summer

set in on the Grand Strand.

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