Drying heat was observed Monday through Wednesday with only a few isolated afternoon thunderstorms providing relief. Clouds increased on Thursday with the approach of a sharp cold front. Scattered thundershowers were noted across the upstate and coastal counties. Temperatures behind the rare and cooling July air mass dropped between fifteen and twenty degrees. Early morning low temperatures in the 50's and 60's, beginning Friday into Sunday, made the event the coolest for July since 2001. Mostly sunny conditions were observed over the weekend with mild 80 degree afternoons. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at Cheraw and Johnston on July 3. The lowest official temperature reported was 52 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of July 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.02 inches at Charleston AP on July 6. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.07 16.41 -10.9 Columbia 0.13 17.59 -8.3 Orangeburg 0.04 18.17 -7.7 Charlotte, NC 0.70 17.42 -5.6 Augusta, GA 0.22 20.34 -4.3 Florence 0.04 23.99 1.1 Myrtle Beach 0.37 21.18 0.1 Charleston 2.03 25.14 -0.2 Savannah, GA 0.07 16.11 -8.5 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures near Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet will average from 81 to 82 degrees.