Friday heats up as temperatures flirt with 100

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC / AP) - A heat have that gripped the Northeast at the beginning of the week has moved to the Lowcountry.

Thursday was the hottest day of the summer in some parts of South Carolina. The high reached 104 degrees in downtown Columbia, 103 at the Columbia airport and 100 degrees at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.

The National Weather Service says other places that hit at least 100 on Thursday in the state include Greenwood, Beaufort and Orangeburg. In Charleston, some inland towns reached 100 while other areas flirted with the century mark.

The week ends with heat, humidity and a few storms as we get ready for the weekend.

Friday will be the hottest day of the week with highs back near 100 in many places away from the coast. Several neighborhoods hit the low 100's Thursday and that looks to happen again Friday afternoon.

Heat advisories are in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for heat index values as high as 105-110. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms is possible this afternoon.

Only a few scattered storms are possible this weekend, but a bit more cloud cover should help hold temperatures down a few degrees. It will still be hot and humid so be careful as you enjoy the Lowcountry.

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