Heat hits a high in Wichita — for now

07/29/2012 5:00 AM

08/05/2014 8:18 PM

Wichita recorded its warmest day of the summer – and one of the warmest in decades – on Sunday.

The high of 111 broke the previous mark for July 29 of 109, set in 1978.

Forecasters had to go back to the legendary summer of 1980 to find a warmer day in Wichita, National Weather Service meteorologist Robb Lawson said.

The temperature reached 111 three times last summer, and Sunday was the hottest day of this summer – so far.

“Tomorrow’s going to be pretty brutal, too,” Lawson said.

Highs on Monday expected to reach 108, thanks in part to southwest winds drawing air from the desert.

That wouldn’t be a record, however, since it reached 110 on July 30 in 1986. Nonetheless, Wichita will flirt with record highs off and on throughout a scorcher of a week.

Highs are projected to climb between 105 and 110 for the next several days, Lawson said. A strong high pressure ridge over Kansas is deflecting fronts off to the north, he said.

The next chance for showers and temperatures not in the triple digits won’t arrive until next weekend, Lawson said.

Wichita didn’t just set a record high Sunday, it set a record low temperature for the date as well – a record high low temperature, that is. The low of 83 easily surpassed the previous high low of 80, set more than 70 years ago in 1940.

Wichita wasn’t alone in setting temperature records on Sunday.

Chanute’s high of 110 broke the previous record of 108 set in 1986, according to the National Weather Service. Tribune had a record high of 106, breaking the previous record from 1980 by one degree.

Russell and Salina tied their record highs, matching the 107 of 1980 in Russell and the 108 from 1940 in Salina.

Two cities joined Wichita in setting record high lows on Sunday. Russell dropped to just 75, breaking the previous mark for July 29 from 1989 by one degree. Salina’s 77 also bettered the existing record from 1979 by one degree.

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