Dry, smoky conditions will persist in the Upstate as wildfires continue to burn in the mountains, and in Pickens County. As the wind picks up toward this weekend we’ll see the smoke disperse across the Upstate, but wildfires will become harder to contain. In the meantime winds should be fairly light, under 15 mph through Friday afternoon.
An Air Quality Alert remains in place through Thursday at midnight. Avoid the outdoors if you have asthma, a cold or any breathing issues. For everyone else, avoid strenuous activity outdoors that would require heavy breathing.
Highs will reach 73 with sunny skies in the Upstate by this afternoon and near 70 in the mountains. Tonight, the sky stays clear with lows in the 30s and 40s.
Friday will bring more warm conditions in the 70s, with slightly higher winds as a front approaches. The strongest winds push in over the weekend as a cold front moves through. The front could bring a few passing showers to the mountains on Saturday, with slightly cooler temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Sunday will be much colder with highs only in the mid 40s to low 50s area-wide, with the strong wind making it even colder. Expect the first area-wide freeze for Sunday night.
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