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Sizzling weekend in Wichita sets records

An Andover player goes through warmups while the sun sets before their game against Kapaun Mt. Carmel on Friday night at Cessna Stadium.
An Andover player goes through warmups while the sun sets before their game against Kapaun Mt. Carmel on Friday night at Cessna Stadium. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita didn’t just time warp back to summer this weekend, it rewrote the record book along the way.

Saturday’s high of 91 degrees obliterated a record dating back nearly 125 years, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record high for Oct. 25 was 87, set in 1891. That’s just a couple of years after local weather records began being kept.

Sunday’s high of 90 tied the mark set in 1950. It’s also the latest 90-degree day in Wichita in the calendar year.

The sizzling temperatures for late October can be blamed on the robust west-southwest winds that have buffeted Wichita over the past few days, said Brad Ketcham, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Those winds coming down off the front slope of the Rockies compresses air molecules close to the surface, causing temperatures to rise significantly.

But a cold front should arrive Monday, bringing temperatures more in line with the calendar.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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