As the week continues, the skies should remain blue with temperatures increasing to more seasonable July conditions, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
The rest of the week is expected to give Horry County residents a chance to dry off, literally.
But flood warnings for two area rivers remain in effect until further notice, forecasters said. And officials are monitoring the increased chance for rip currents in choppy ocean waters along the coast.
After the wettest June on record for the Myrtle Beach area, and already 5.32 inches of rainfall logged this month as of Sunday, forecasters are predicting a large ridge of high pressure from the Ohio Valley will keep the area warm, humid, and dry this week.
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There is a low chance for some isolated showers.
As of Sunday, forecasters recorded more than five inches of rain for the area, an increase of 2.75 from last year’s totals, according to a climate report filed Monday morning.
All that rain has pushed most area rivers’ waters beyond their banks and into swamps, canals, across roads and up to some front doors.
At 10:05 a.m. Monday, forecasters said a flood warning continued for the Waccamaw River in Conway, where the river was at 13.1 feet, which is 2.1 feet above flood stage. The river will remain at that stage for a couple of days before it begins to recede.
Residents living in the areas of Savannah Bluff, Lee’s Landing, Pitch Landing, Punch Bowl and other waterfront communities are experiencing flooding. Several area roads remain closed because they are covered by water.
The Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry was at 9.6 feet Monday, slightly above its 9 foot flood stage, according to a flood warning. Minor flooding in the Fork Retch community near Nichols was reported.
The turbulent weather and thunderstorms also increased the chance of rip currents, keeping ocean lifeguards and authorities on high alert.
A 14-year-old boy was pulled from the ocean Saturday night after being found in the water about 15 feet from shore. Officials said they believe the teen lost his footing from a possible rip current, gone under the water and was found about 15 minutes later.
On Monday, Surfside Beach police Chief Rodney Keziah said the teen remained in critical condition at the Medical University of South Carolina where he is being treated.
On Saturday night, officers from Horry County Police Beach Patrol, Horry County Rescue and officials with the U.S. Coast Guard searched the area and Surfside Beach police officers set up additional lighting, at which time the boy could be seen about 15 feet out from shore. Crews pulled the boy to shore and administered CPR.
Most of the area has a moderate risk of rip currents and forecasters said that would remain until the waters become calmer.
Ocean lifeguards had posted red flags on parts of the beach Sunday and Monday because of hazardous conditions.