UPDATE: In Columbia, a record high for March 14

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 4:57 p.m. CDT; updated 7:34 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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 temperature in Columbia hit 85 degrees at 3:54 p.m. Wednesday, toppling the record of 82 degrees set in 1971.

The last time it was that warm in Columbia was Sept. 13, 2011, when the temperature climbed to 91 degrees, according to National Weather Service Data.

Thursday's prediction is for a high of 81 degrees, which would break the record of 79 degrees set in 1914.

Friday's forecast is for a high of 81, but that day's record is 87, set in 1945.

The record for highest low for March 14 was set in 1990 at 54 degrees. The lowest temperature for Wednesday as of 5 p.m. was 59 degrees at about 6 a.m., however, the record low cannot be determined until midnight, according to the weather service.

Temperatures are expected to remain at about 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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