Wichita recorded its first 100-degree reading of the year Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The mark came several weeks before the time when the city usually sees its first 100-degree temperature. The average first arrival of 100 is July 4, the weather service said.
But Wichita has become accustomed to 100-degree weather over the past two years as the drought has gripped the area.
The city saw 36 days of 100 degrees or higher last year, which followed a record-setting 53 100-degree days in 2011.
Wednesday’s heat came after the area enjoyed a cool spring. Wichita didn’t see its first day of at least 90 degrees until hitting 96 on Monday. That’s well past the average date of May 19 for reaching 90.
Wichita hadn’t gone that deep into the year without seeing 90 degrees since June 13, 1993. The city was still in April when it first saw 90 degrees in 2011 and 2012.
The forecast doesn’t call for the century mark over the next five days. Friday is expected to reach 96, but it’s back to 89 for Saturday’s high.