Relief from hot, dry weather may be in sight - FOX Carolina 21

Relief from hot, dry weather may be in sight

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People splash in a fountain to beat the heat. (File/FOX Carolina) People splash in a fountain to beat the heat. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

This week's near-record heat has many people wondering what happened to spring, but forecasters said relief may be around the corner.

On Thursday, the mercury climbed to 87 degrees at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, which is four degrees shy of the record set in 1959. In Asheville, temperatures topped out at 83, just two degrees less than the record high set in 1965.

"Temperatures the past couple of days have been running 10 to 12 degrees above normal for this time of year," said FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent.

Kent said a summer-like area of high pressure has settled over the Carolinas, making it difficult for more seasonable air to move south. She said the high pressure will begin to weaken this weekend, allowing temperatures to cool and rain chances to increase.

Better chances for rain is also good news, especially for the Upstate of South Carolina. Much of that area has been listed in severe drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

According to the National Weather Service, the Greenville area is 11.56 inches below the average rain fall amount for the year. Asheville is more than a foot below average.

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