HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Grand Strand and Pee Dee are currently experiencing an Indian summer, with temperatures expected to climb to near 80 later this week. The National Weather Service defines Indian summer as a period of weather conditions that are usually sunny and clear with temperatures above 70 degrees following a sharp frost or freeze.
There are several explanations for the name "Indian summer," the most common being from the fact that many Native Americans depended on warm, sunny weather during this time of year to complete their harvests after cold weather had begun.
Many areas in the region saw the first frost or freeze Friday night, with several areas dipping below 32 degrees. Monday, however, most areas saw temperatures climb into the low 70s, and they are expected to climb higher through the week. The WMBF Storm Team says temperatures inland will be at or close to 80 degrees Wednesday through Friday, while temperatures at the beaches will be in the mid-to-upper 70s before a cold front moves through and brings cooler weather late this week. Lows are expected to dip back down into the 40s for inland and beach areas by Monday morning.