Forecasters with the National Weather Service said Aiken likely missed the severe thunderstorms traveling toward the coastal area of the state; however, the area is expected to see the residual effects which include cooler, dryer temperatures over the next day or two.


Dan Miller, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Columbia, said the cold front started in the Upstate Monday morning and swept through the CSRA region Monday evening.


The front brought threats of thunderstorms, but Miller said Monday they would most likely bypass Aiken.


He added that cooler, dryer air entered the area Monday night with temperatures that got down to the mid-60s.


By afternoon today, temperatures are expected to jump back up to the mid-80s as part of a dry period for the area.


ďThe region will go through a dry period, with Wednesday and Thursday seeing hot days and cooler nights,Ē Miller said.


He added that Aiken will should see more moisture back in the area on Friday with isolated storms and a 30 percent chance of rain.


The extended forecast currently shows a 50 percent chance through Monday, an 80 percent chance on Tuesday and a 30 percent chance next Wednesday.


Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June 2013.