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Wichita hits record high temperature for January

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

Wichita, you broke another record.

The temperature on Sunday climbed to 70 degrees, shattering the record high of 66 degrees set in 1960.

Good news for those people who were disparaging Kansas weather on Monday, when the temperatures dipped to 5 degrees below zero.

“To get records in January of both highs and lows is not uncommon,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal. “Obviously, being in the middle of the country in Kansas, I always like to say there is no such thing as normal, just an average of temperature variations.”

Call it a shift in the jet stream, that roller coaster of temperatures that can bring a polar vortex one day and shorts and sandal weather a few days later.

For those of you preferring this balmy trend, the warmer temperatures will stick around throughout much of this week and into the weekend.

“The temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s for the rest of this upcoming week,” Darmofal said. “It is quite a change from how we started the month.”

But as every native Kansan knows, winter in the Sunflower State is almost always a test in weather extremes.

So don’t put away the hat, coat and gloves just yet.

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