Heat index of 124 in Mount Pleasant sets SC record

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (AP) - In 20 years of record keeping, it has never felt hotter anywhere in South Carolina than it felt in Mount Pleasant this week.

The National Weather Service recorded a heat index of 124 degrees at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Mount Pleasant. The heat index combines the air temperature and humidity to determine what it feels like to the skin.

The State Climatology Office has been monitoring heat index levels across South Carolina for 20 years and never seen a value that high.

It felt like 110 degrees or hotter in several other cities across South Carolina on Wednesday. The peak heat index reached 121 degrees on Hilton Head Island, 117 in Myrtle Beach, 115 in Columbia and 114 in Orangeburg.

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