Hot day ahead as Charleston poised to break record for warmest month

FILE - Isaac Johnson, age 3, sits on a sprinkler to cool down on one of the hottest days of the summer in 2015 at Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston.

Sunday is off to a steamy start in Charleston, and if the heat persists, this July could take the spot for warmest month on record.

The average monthly temperature through Saturday was just slightly above 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. If it doesn’t rain much today, forecasters say the high near 95 will help Charleston slide past the record for warmest month set in July 1986.

The heat index today will make it feel more like 106.

There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m.

Looking ahead into the week, Monday is expected to bring a high near 93 and a heat index as high as 102. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain.

Forecasters expect a slightly higher chance of rain and storms Tuesday, with a high near 92.

The chance of rain will continue into Wednesday, when the high is expected to be near 91.

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