MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The heat wave will continue to bake the region with more record breaking temperatures the next few days.
A massive area of high pressure will continue to produce record-breaking heat across the Carolinas through Friday week. The same area of high pressure will also continue to keep the area bone dry.
A blazing hot Tuesday is on the way again. Record high temperatures will be shattered this afternoon. Myrtle Beach is forecast to reach 96 degrees by later today, smashing the old record of 91 set back in 2000. Inland areas will be hotter with widespread 100 degree heat. Florence is forecast to hit 101 degrees for the second afternoon in a row. That will break the previous record of 100 degrees set back in 1964. Lumberton will tie a record high temperature today of 99. The previous record of 99 was set all the way back in 1916.
Wednesday will see the heat continuing and even a degree or two hotter. Another round of record temperatures in the upper 90s on the beaches and 100 to 102 inland is on tap.
Some slight relief will arrive by the weekend as the large area of high pressure responsible for the hot and dry weather will begin to weaken slightly. Most areas have not seen measurable rainfall in 16 days. That streak will grow to 20 or more days for most areas this week before a few pop up afternoon showers and storms are possible starting Friday. The risk of a few showers and storms will continue through Sunday, but no widespread, soaking rain is expected.