- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—If residents of Aiken County have been hoping for a little relief from the 100-degree weather, they may get their wish this week.

Last week, Aiken County’s temperatures reached at least 100 degrees four days in a row, with heat advisories issued due to the even higher heat indices.

The humidity will continue to affect the way it feels outside, but the temperatures aren’t expected to reach higher than 95 this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, residents can expect to see the temperature reach 95, with a heat index of 96, according to the weather service.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be 94, with a heat index of 98 because of a higher percentage of humidity.

Since Jan. 1, the National Weather Service has estimated Aiken County has seen only about 18 inches of rain, compared to the “normal value” of about 27 inches.

The county had already received a little more than 24 inches of rain by this time last year, according to data from the weather service.

The lack of rain is evident in the upgrade in drought status Aiken County received in recent weeks.

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee upgraded the status from incipient to moderate on July 16, according to the Associated Press.

The rain may not be a problem this week as showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast, according to the weather service.

The National Weather Service reports there will be a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms today.

On Friday and Saturday, rain and thunderstorm chances are expected to be between 40 and 50 percent.

There is no way to tell how the rest of the summer will turn out, but for now, Aiken residents can take advantage of the falling temperatures.

For more information, visit weather.gov.

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