COLUMBIA – Record high temperatures are on tap for the first half of Memorial Day weekend.
The National Weather Service has forecasted a high for Saturday of 94 degrees, one degree above the 1953 record for May 26. The forecast high for Sunday is 93, one degree above the record for that date set in 1911.
Sunny skies are forecast for Saturday and Sunday, offering a clear view of the Memorial Day Salute to Veterans Airshow.
The weekend heat corresponds with the opening of Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center on Friday.
The clear conditions should continue through Monday morning’s Salute to Veterans Parade with a predicted high of 89 degrees. The Weather Service on Friday was calling for a 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms by early afternoon and evening of Memorial Day.
According to the Weather Service, Columbia could see between a quarter of an inch and half of an inch of rain Monday evening.