Tuesday's high temperature has been officially updated to 108, not 107. This story was updated at 6:49 p.m.
COLUMBIA — August has never looked cooler.
The excessive heat warning that has been in effect since July 16 is set to expire Wednesday at 7 p.m., and the end couldn’t have come at a better time — Tuesday’s high of 108 degrees set a new record for Columbia, breaking the 1991 record of 104.
The change in temperature won’t be apparent at first, said Butch Dye of the National Weather Service in St. Louis. Although the heat index will no longer meet the criteria for an excessive heat warning, it will remain above 100 degrees. Temperatures will stay above 90 degrees.
The real change will occur after the weekend. The forecast for the beginning of next week shows high temperatures topping out in the middle 80s and overnight low temperatures in the 60s.
According to the National Weather Service, the decrease in temperature will come with rain. There is a chance for thunderstorms all weekend.