August's record-shattering heat wave finally exhausted itself, but the month will be all over the record books.
Friday's high of 88 degrees was the first time the mercury stayed in the 80s since July 30. The streak is the second-longest on record for 90-degree days. The all-time mark was a 33-day heat binge in June and July 1993.
Temperatures this weekend aren't expected to climb out of the mid-80s, after 31 consecutive days topped 90 degrees across the Rock Hill region, according to the National Weather Service.
"This was the warmest August we've ever had," meteorologist John Tomko said.
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Among the highlights:
• Overall, temperatures in August averaged 83.8 degrees. That's the hottest average for any August on record.
• The average high was 97 degrees.
• High temperatures only dipped below 93 three times in August, on the first, 30th and 31st.
• So far this summer, 58 days have been hotter than 90 degrees. Six days, all in August, were 100 or higher.
• Aug. 9 and 10 tied the all-time record for Rock Hill with temperatures of 104 degrees.
• August 2007 was the driest August ever. Only .41 inches of rain was recorded. That's 3.2 inches below normal.
Tomko said weather patterns indicate the extreme high temperatures likely won't return this year. A ridge of high pressure -- the culprit responsible for the sustained heat -- is finally moving out of the way and allowing other weather systems into the area, he said. The next week or so will see highs in the mid- to upper-80s. No 90-degree days are in the immediate forecast, he said.
"There's even some signs autumn is on the way," Tomko said, noting morning temperatures in New England and the upper Midwest have dipped into the 40s and 50s.
Tomko said drought conditions likely will remain, but may improve slightly. He said moisture in Florida is expected to move north later next week, increasing chances of showers. In the meantime, a 30 percent chance of afternoon storms is in place this weekend.
High temperatures in the Charlotte region this Labor Day weekend will hover around 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
There's a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms in Rock Hill this weekend, forecasters say.
For those using the three-day weekend to get away, expect enjoyable weather at the beach and in the mountains. The mountains of western North Carolina will see partly sunny skies and highs this weekend in the upper 70s and low 80s, with a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm, forecasts show.
The Carolina beaches will experience partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid 80s today and Sunday, and sunny skies on Monday with highs in the mid 80s, forecasters say.