While everyone is eagerly awaiting fall weather, October has done nothing but laugh in our faces. October broke an all-time record, reaching a high of 98 degrees on Thursday.
Record-keeping began in the Greenville-Spartanburg area in 1884, so there is no way to know if it was hotter or colder in October before then. Despite today’s heat, there will be a taste of fall weather coming this evening and into Saturday.
Trisha Palmer, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service, says that there is a persistent upper ridge over the U.S. that is keeping the warmer temperatures around. “While the dramatic temperature changes from a high of 96 today to 68 Saturday, people really need to keep in mind the low soil moisture,” Palmer said.
Low soil moisture, or how much water is in the soil, right now is something that shouldn’t be downplayed because it increases the risk of fires.
Saturday’s predicted high 70 can be attributed to the “backdoor” cold front coming in from the east, Palmer said. While it will be here only momentarily, the fall front will fall into place Tuesday and Wednesday.