How cold was it Oct. 15? The high record was broken by 5 degrees, weather service says

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Monday was so cold in Wichita that two weather service records were broken.

The high temperature was 47 degrees at 3:58 p.m., National Weather Service forecaster Eric Schminke said. That’s 5 degrees colder than the previous Oct. 15 coldest high of 52 degrees set in 2009.

That was one of five records broken in the past week at the National Weather Service’s Wichita branch recording station at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

The first was the 3.09 inches of rain on Tuesday, breaking the previous record for most precipitation for Oct. 8 of 2.78 inches set in 2003.

Then on Sunday, 0.7 inches of snow fell in Wichita, breaking two records. It was the earliest fall snowfall since NWS record keeping began in 1888. The previous record was 0.2 inches set on Oct. 22, 1996. It also became the most snowfall in a day for Oct. 14.

Monday morning’s low of 31 degrees set another record for the lowest daily temperature for Oct. 15, beating out the previous record of 33 degrees set on Oct. 15, 1974.

Forecasters predict that the low temperatures will continue Monday night into Tuesday morning, coinciding with a freeze warning for much of south central and southeast Kansas. The predicted low of 29 degrees is not expected to break Tuesday’s record low temperature of 27 degrees.

The NWS freeze warning from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. includes temperatures in the upper 20s or lower 30s. Frost will develop around midnight, and temperatures will drop to near freezing between 1-2 a.m. The low temperatures could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, forecasters warn.

Fog may reduce visibility for morning commuters on Tuesday, the NWS predicts. The high is expected to be near 60 degrees, with a Tuesday night low around 39 degrees.

After Tuesday, the forecast calls for warmer weather with little or no precipitation for the rest of the week. The NWS predicts highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s through Monday with lows in the 40s. There’s a slight chance for rain on Thursday. Flooding from last week’s rainfall will continue on the Cow Creek and parts of the Arkansas River through the end of the week.

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