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Wichita hits 106, sets new temperature mark

Boosted by blustery southwest winds, the temperature in Wichita soared to 106 today, shattering the record for Aug. 23 of 105 set in 1943.

The winds have been blowing steadily in the 20s and gusting to about 30 miles an hour, said Jerilyn Billings of the National Weather Service in Wichita.

That’s making the day feel like a blast furnace, and tomorrow won’t be any better. In fact, the high in Wichita Wednesday is now projected to reach 108.

That would set another record, toppling the 104 from 2000. It would also bring the number of 100-degree days this year to 46, matching 1980′s total.