Wichita is just one of several cities around Kansas that could set record highs today, forecasters say.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 90s under sunny skies in Wichita. That would topple the record for April 25 of 90 set in 1901.
The mercury is being boosted by south-southwest winds which are coming rapidly down the front range of the Rocky Mountains, forecasters say. The air compresses as it nears the surface, boosting temperatures. By the time those winds reach Wichita, they’ll only be in the single digits – but it’ll still be enough to hoist highs 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Lows tonight will also feel like summer, slipping only to the mid- to upper 60s as a few clouds move in. Thursday should see temperatures settle back toward seasonal norms as winds shift to the east.
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There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening, forecasters say. Highs will reach the low 80s under mostly cloudy skies.
For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.