Rock Hill's public pools close for the season on Saturday - a sure sign school is almost here - but certainly not a signal fall weather is anywhere near.
Don't expect to see a lasting cooldown in the next few weeks, said Scott Krentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
"This has definitely been one of the warmest summers we've experienced so far," Krentz said. "We expect above-normal temperatures to continue."
This weekend, however, should provide a little relief. A couple of inches of rain is in the area forecast.
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August will finish out with more of the same heat with temperatures in the lower 90s, Krentz said.
The Northside, Oakwood Acres and Emmett Scott pools are open 1 to 6 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Boyd Hill pool is open 2 to 6 p.m. today.
Here's a by-the-numbers look how hot it was while the kids were cooling off at the pool this summer:
Number of days hotter than 90 degrees
Number of days hotter than 95 degrees
Hottest high temperature (July 25)
Coolest low temperature (July 3)
Inches of total rainfall measured in Rock Hill over the summer
Inches below normal rainfall for the summer to date, triggering a drought-watch stage for the Catawba River basin. Last month, the Drought Response Committee declared South Carolina was in an insipient drought - the lowest level of drought.
Source: National Weather Service