Don’t expect a heat wave and parched conditions to usher in the start of summer 2017 in the Rock Hill area.
Forecasters say the next few days could bring several opportunities for rainy weather, along with cooler temperatures than we’ve experienced in recent days.
Summer officially begins at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday, marking the time when the earth’s tilt allows the sun’s direct rays to reach their farthest northward. Typically, a delay in atmospheric warming means that the hottest temperatures arrive in the Carolinas from mid July to mid August.
But it has been toasty the past few days in the Rock Hill area, with a high of 90 degrees Sunday and 92 Monday.
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Forecasters say it probably will be well into next week before the 90-degree mark is reached again.
A stalled frontal system stretched across the middle region of South Carolina is expected to move slowly northward later Tuesday, bringing a strong likelihood of showers Tuesday evening and overnight.
After potentially rain-free weather much of Wednesday, a turn back to wet conditions is expected Thursday.
Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to spread very wet weather across the Southeast over the next few days. The showers, some of them possibly carrying heavy rain, are expected to reach the western Carolinas by Thursday and Friday.
Andrew Kimball, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, said conditions could be ripe for some flash flooding later this week, but it is impossible this early to predict where that might happen.
Through all of this, daily high temperatures are only expected to reach the low 80s. The average high temperature at this time of year in the Rock Hill area is 86-87 degrees.
Somewhat drier conditions are forecast for the weekend, although showers and storms will remain a possibility. Afternoon temperatures will climb back into the upper 80s Saturday and Sunday, Kimball said.