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      Columbia breaks all-time high at 109 degrees

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- It has never been this hot in Columbia in 125 years of record keeping.

      The National Weather Service said the temperature at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport reached 109 degrees just before 5 p.m. Friday, breaking the record of 107 last reached in August 2007.

      Forecasters have been keeping records in Columbia since 1887.

      Most of the state topped 100 degrees Friday except for the immediate coast. The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport and Florence each reached 105 degrees, setting records for the day.

      The hottest temperature ever recorded in South Carolina was 111 degrees in Camden in June 1954.

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