Record-breaking heat settles across much of SC

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory Monday as hot temperatures continue to blanket much of the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

The advisory comes on the heels of a heat wave moving through Eastern South Carolina, which packed record-breaking temperatures over the weekend. Temperatures soared to 96 degrees in North Myrtle Beach Sunday, breaking the old record of 94 degrees set in 1989.

WMBF Storm Team Meteorologist Jamie Arnold says temperatures will reach near 100 degrees Monday, making it a sultry start to the work week. Factor in humidity, and Arnold says the heat index has the potential to reach 110 degrees in some parts of the Grand Strand and Pee Dee through the afternoon.

"We're running about 10 degrees above average for this time of year," Arnold said. "[It's] certainly a heat wave, but nothing too out of the ordinary."

The heat is expected to continue Tuesday before a cold front will make its way into North Carolina. Arnold says the front will help to increase the chances for showers and storms late Tuesday through Wednesday.

Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to move into the middle 90s.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that between 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure has caused 8,015 deaths across the United States.

Experts say during that time frame, more people died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, lightning and floods combined.

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