NWS: 12 days of 90s made for 3rd hottest May

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A string of days above the 90-degree mark at the Charleston airport made for the third hottest May on record in the Holy City.

That's according to the National Weather Service, who said the monthly average temperature for May was 76.1 degrees. That's 3.6 degrees above the normal May average.

May 2014 was just 2/10ths of a degree off the second warmest May on record, too. The warmest May came in 1953 with an average of 77.1 degrees. 1991 was second, followed closely by 2014. 1995 and 1962 round out the top 5, according to the NWS.

In downtown Charleston, NWS reports a short, 3-day string of days above 90. While the hot days put the monthly average 2.2 degrees above normal, it did not crack the top 10 hottest Mays on record.

In Charleston port neighbor to the south, Savannah also had a dozen days above 90 degrees, but the monthly average temperature was only 75.2, which is 1.9 degrees above normal, NWS said.

Savannah also failed to break into the top 10.

According to the weather service, records date back to 1938 at Charleston's airport, 1871 at Savannah's airport, and 1870 in downtown Charleston.

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