Oh, the heat! When will it end? - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |

Oh, the heat! When will it end?

Posted: Updated:

South Carolinians will soon get a reprieve from the record-setting heat.

WIS Sunrise meteorologist Ben Tanner says after today's upper 90s, the heat wave will finally break and we will see temperatures dropping back to the upper 80s for a few days.

On Tuesday morning a cool front will move closer to the area and stall over the SE for a few days.

Tanner says there will be a chance of rain in the forecast through most of the week. Monday's rain chance is 30%. Later in the week, we can expect up to a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

On June 30, a high of 109 degrees was recorded at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, matching the hottest temperature ever reached in 125 years at the city's official recording station.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in South Carolina was 111 degrees in Camden in June 1954.

The heat of the past several days has been blamed for at least 46 deaths across the country.

In Chicago, the Cook County medical examiner's office determined Sunday that eight more people died from heat-related causes, adding to the 10 deaths previously confirmed Saturday. The deaths included a 100-year-old woman, 65-year-old woman, a 53-year-old man, a 46-year-old woman and an unidentified man believed to be about 30 years old.

In Tennessee, the third heat-related death of the year was a 62-year-old woman found dead in her home. She had a working air conditioner, but it was not turned on.

Deaths have also been reported by authorities in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sidebar: WEATHER

Your ZIP code forecast Interactive radar Weather on your cell phone Severe weather email/text alerts Your forecast delivered to your inbox

Powered by WorldNow