Tuesday’s unseasonably high temperatures broke records across the state, forecasters at the National Weather Service said Tuesday night.
Wichita’s high of 73 degrees broke the previous Jan. 27 record of 69, set in 2013.
In Russell, the Jan. 27 record was not just broken, it was smashed to bits. Russell sat at a sweltering (for January) high of 83 on Tuesday, beating its 65-degree record set in 2002.
Temperatures in Salina on Tuesday also broke a longstanding record of 68 degrees, set in 1934. The high in Salina was 75.
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Mick McGuire, forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Wichita office, said the state will enjoy one more day of warm weather before temperatures drop back to still-higher-than-normal January levels.
Wednesday’s high is expected to be in the low 70s before dropping to around 50 on Thursday.
McGuire said to expect a wintry mix Friday night into Saturday morning.
“Looks like everyone’s going to get wet, but don’t expect a lot of accumulation,” McGuire said.