Though thoughts of crisp apples and pumpkin-flavored lattes accompany the promise of autumn later this month, unusually hot temperatures are expected to stick around until the weekend.

After what meteorologists deem a “normal” summer in regards to the heat in South Carolina, temperatures have spiked into the mid-90s over the past week in the CSRA. According to National Weather Service Hydrological Meteorological Technician Al Moore, temperatures usually reach about 89 to 90 degrees in the beginning of September.

“We’re running about four to five degrees above normal,” Moore said, adding that the hot, muggy and humid conditions are expected to continue until Friday.

Cooler air might move into the area this weekend, bringing those temperatures down to the low 90s and increasing the chance for rain, Moore said.

Though temperatures have been close to normal from June to August, which is an average of about 80 degrees, Moore said that precipitation was below normal this year.

“It’s been a hit or miss period with rain,” Moore said. “A lot of areas have not gotten much of anything, and some have gotten some locally heavy rain.”

Moore said that though scattered thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon hours each day this week, the forecast calls for more widespread showers over the weekend.

The chance for precipitation throughout Aiken County is between 30 to 40 percent Saturday and Sunday.

Until then, expect rumbles of thunder in the afternoon and isolated showers.

Amy Banton is the digital news editor for the Aiken Standard.