Temperatures in Columbia on track to break records

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 10:52 a.m. CDT
A magnolia tree blooms Wednesday at the Corner Playhouse at Hitt Street and University Avenue. Columbia has been above the record highest low temperature all day and is forecast to meet the record high.

COLUMBIA — The National Weather Service predicted record-setting high temperatures for Columbia on Wednesday, with a forecasted high of 84 degrees.

If that happens, it would break the highest-recorded temperature for March 14, which is 82 degrees, observed in 1971.

The record for highest low for March 14 was set in 1990 at 54 degrees, which has already been surpassed by the predicted low of 61 degrees on Wednesday. However, the record cannot be considered broken until after midnight, according to the weather service. The temperature in Columbia stayed above the record low throughout Wednesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to remain right around 80 degrees through the weekend, with a roughly 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday through Saturday. 

There is also a local pollen advisory from The Weather Channel, indicating high levels of juniper, elm and maple pollen for the next three days.

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