MYRTLE BEACH — It was an unusually warm day in Myrtle Beach Friday, but this week’s trend isn’t sticking around for the weekend.
Michael Ross, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, in Wilmington, N.C. said a frontal system will move through the Grand Strand around noon on Saturday, bringing more winter-like weather to the area.
“We should see the temperature start to drop as the winds turn to the north,” he said. “We’ll have more clouds and it’s not going to be as warm.”
The official high was 74 in North Myrtle Beach Friday, but Ross said there were likely higher temperatures around the area. Florence tied a record high of 81, last hit in 1998. North Myrtle Beach’s record of 79, also in 1998, wasn’t reached.
The heat is still unusual, though not record breaking.
“It’s a little abnormal in the fact that it is so warm,” Ross said. “It doesn’t get up into the 70s and 80s in December that often.”
North Myrtle Beach’s high was 13 degrees above normal, while the low of 62 degrees was 21 degrees above normal.
Friday’s weather sent some clad in bikinis to the beach, while others enjoyed picnics or horse riding on the shore.
Overcast skies and rain are in the picture for the weekend.
Saturday’s temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s before a second surge of cool are moves in on Sunday dropping temperatures to the mid 50s with lows in the mid 40s, Ross said.
“Most of the rain is going to fall Saturday,” he said. “There’s at least a 50 percent chance through Sunday, maybe tapering off Sunday night.”
Expect a cool start Monday, just before another warming trend.
“On Monday, after lows in the upper 40s it starts to warm up as winds move to the south the highs will get up into the low to mid 70s,” Ross said.
But, don’t get too used to it. He said another temperature drop is likely to follow in the middle of next week.
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