Think it’s cooler than usual in Myrtle Beach? Don’t bet on it

akelley@thesunnews.comJune 22, 2013 

— If it doesn’t feel like summer is here, don’t worry. Sorching hot days are still on the way.

Temperatures on the Grand Strand are actually sitting around normal for this time of year, said Sandy LaCorte, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

On Friday, it was 83 degrees, in North Myrtle Beach, the closest official monitoring station. That’s a degree lower than the same day in 2012 and a few notches below normal which is 86 degrees.

It may have seemed cooler than expected for late June, but LaCorte said the weather all week and looking forward into next week is right at normal and typical for the start of the summer season.

The apparent cool could be a result of the heat spell on June 12 and 13, which were the hottest days recorded in North Myrtle Beach since last September.

“One of the reasons [people might think we’re cooler than normal] is throughout this year we took a while to warm up,” LaCorte said. “We were pretty cool longer than normal. Then once it did turn warm it turned warm pretty quick, especially last week when we had head indexes in the 100s.”

Just off the coast of the Grand Strand Friday there was a stalled frontal system moving back towards land that led to mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers that also kept the heat from spiking.

That weather pattern, partly to mostly cloudy with chances of storms, was expected to hang around through the end of this week, which LaCorte said is typical of summer.

Temperatures should sit in the mid to upper 80s with overnight lows in the 70s.

A heat wave hit at the end of June and into the first couple days of July last year when record temperatures were set across the country, including a 109 degree day in Columbia on June 29.

So enjoy it while it lasts.

LaCorte said the end of the month is typically when the dog days of summer set in on the Grand Strand.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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