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December 1, 2012

Warmth could break records this weekend

Unseasonably warm temperatures are creating pleasant conditions across the state, leaving Wichita poised to break record highs over the next few days.

Unseasonably warm temperatures are creating pleasant conditions across the state, leaving Wichita poised to break record highs over the next few days.

There’s no doubt: It’s balmy weather for the weekend.

“I’m talking about temperatures in the low 70s,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Ketcham said Friday.

“It will probably be pretty nice.”

After possibly waking up to patchy, dense fog Saturday, cloudy conditions will gradually turn sunny with slightly breezy conditions during the afternoon, forecasters say.

Wichitans will likely see the city’s high reach 70 – just one degree below the record high of 71, set in 1917, Ketcham said.

Sunday’s chance to set records is even better, after mostly clear conditions overnight and a low in the 40s or 50s, according to the National Weather Service. Ketcham predicts Sunday’s high will top 72, breaking 1970’s record of 68 degrees.

“Here we are approaching some of the shortest days of the year, and we are looking at above-normal temperatures,” Ketcham said.

And pleasant weather is expected to continue into next week, he added. Highs are expected to remain in the 60s through Thursday, including 67 on Monday. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than the normal highs this time of year.

The only downside: It probably will stay dry. There is a chance for precipitation Monday and Thursday, but only east of Wichita. The next chance for rain near Wichita probably won’t happen until Friday.

Enjoy the warmer temperatures while you can, though. A cool front is expected to move through Friday, and Saturday’s high is only expected to reach 37 with lows in the 20s, which is more typical for this time of year.

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