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Record high temperatures broken Saturday and Sunday

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Dig out your shorts and T-shirts! It's going to feel more like the middle of April than the dead of winter in the Midlands for the next several days.

WIS Chief Meteorologist John Farley says a large pocket of warm air is pushing up from the south, bringing record temperatures.

The previous record high for in the midlands was broken Saturday.  Farley says the high temperature in Columbia reached 82 degrees Saturday, breaking the previous record of 77.  It was only the 18th day in January to reach 80 degrees or hotter in the more than 115 years of records being kept in the city.

On Sunday, a high temperature of 78 degrees broke the record high of 77 set for the date in 2005.

Expect temperatures to remain in the upper 70's into the early part of the week.

The record highs for Columbia for the next three days are:

Jan 12th  77 (1916) - Broken at 82
Jan 13th  77  (2005) - Broken at 78
Jan 14th  80  (1932)

The next cold front is poised to arrive the middle of next week.

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