The weather forecast for Saturday is calling for warmer temperatures and a little bit of sunshine, which bodes well for Pacers and Polo attendees.
The third and final jewel of the Aiken Triple Crown was moved to Sunday in 2012 due to inclement weather, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case this year. With only a 20 percent chance of showers on Saturday and partly sunny skies, the temperatures are expected to reach near 70 degrees.
The weather has been unusually cooler in the CSRA with the highs only reaching the low 60s and temperatures dropping to or below 32 degrees at night.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Whitney Rushing said that temperatures have been an average of 10 degrees lower than what’s typical in South Carolina in March.
“We had a cold front move in earlier this week, bringing in cooler temperatures, and high pressure is building into the area, keeping the skies clear,” Rushing said. “This weekend, things are going to be warming up a little bit.”
The latest date that the CSRA ever saw freezing temperatures was April 24 in 1986. Those records go back to 1874. Last year, the last freeze date was Feb. 21, Rushing said. The last couple of nights, a freeze warning has been in effect and a frost advisory was issued for this morning.
“We’ve been getting calls from people asking, ‘When is it going to warm up, and where is spring,’” Rushing said.
Luckily, for polo enthusiasts, springlike weather will inch back into the area for the weekend as warm winds from the south move in.
The gates for Pacers & Polo open at 10:30 a.m. at the Powderhouse Polo Field on Powderhouse Road.
Five-year-old Laura Calkins came from Ashville, N.C. to visit her grama and grampa, Barbara, left, and Bill Calkins, not pictured. Sophie the Cockapoo came along to the Polo event, too.×
Nancy and Don Cerra, along with Don's son, Joe, walk the field as they look for a good place to sit to watch the games.×
Aiken Standard File Photo Emma L. Williams, Dr. Stacie L. Williams and Mengste T. El get excited for the games to begin, as a Polo player practices in the background.×