By BRAD KELLAR
The National Weather Service is calling for a significant increase in afternoon high temperatures for the next few days, and could approach the triple digits by the weekend.
Last year, Greenville did not see its first triple digit high temperature until June 25. Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport recorded 21 days of triple digit temperatures during the summer of 2012 and another eight days of 99 degree high temperatures. There was a 10-day stretch of triple digit afternoon heat recorded locally between July 29 and August 7. Twice, on August 1 and again on August 9, the mercury in the thermometer climbed to 106 degrees. Temperature readings for two days last summer were unavailable.
During the summer of 2011 there were 63 days of triple digit heat between Memorial Day and Labor Day in Greenville, with a 40-day run on afternoons with highs of 100 degrees or above, between July 2 and Aug. 11, 2011. There 15 days that summer when the high hit 106 degrees and three straight days when it reached 109.
A final 100-degree day occurred locally on Sept. 19, 2011 setting a record high temperature for the day.