Wichita weather: Another one for the record books

The late-August sizzle cranks up another notch today, with record-setting temperatures expected in the Wichita metropolitan area.

Today’s high is expected to reach 108, which would easily topple the record for August 24 of 104, set back in 2000. This would also be the 46th day of 100-degree temperatures in Wichita this year, matching the total for 1980 – second on the all-time list.

Sunny skies and light west winds will help the temperature climb. There’s a slight chance of showers in the metro area tonight, forecasters say, when lows will settle in the low 70s. Thursday will be cooler, with highs in the mid-90s under sunny skies.

More 100s are possible Friday and Saturday, forecasters say, which would vault this year to second all by itself on the list of 100-degree days. The record is 50, set in 1936.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.