A heat wave set new all-time May records Memorial Day weekend, sending temperatures soaring into the triple digits, and will persist over the next several days in parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas.
So far, at least eight cities have either tied or set new all-time May monthly high-temperature records in this heat wave. Some of these cities did so on multiple days, recording their first triple-digit highs on record for May.
-Alma, Georgia: 100 degrees Saturday, then 101 degrees Sunday; the only other 100-plus-degree day in May previously was May 28, 1967.
-Augusta, Georgia: 100 degrees Saturday, then 101 degrees Sunday.
-Charleston, South Carolina (airport): 100 degrees Sunday and Monday; these were the first triple-digit highs in May there. The previous earliest 100-degree day in the year was June 2, 1985.
-Gainesville, Florida: 102 degrees Monday; this broke the previous all-time May record high of 101 degrees from May 31, 1945.