Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather: Record-setting warmth

Wichita’s going to be warmer than it ever has been on Nov. 16, weather officials say.

A record high is “pretty much a slam dunk” for Wichita on Wednesday, said Mick McGuire, a meteorologist with the local branch of the National Weather Service.

The current record is 77 degrees, set just three years ago. Highs on Wednesday are expected to reach the 80s, thanks to hearty winds out of the southwest. Those winds will be in the teens early and gust to nearly 30 mph by the afternoon.

Several other cities across Kansas could set temperature records on Wednesday, weather officials say. Wichita tied its record for Nov. 15, reaching 77 on Tuesday. That matched 1952.

Garden City climbed to 80, topping the 77 set in 1990. Dodge City missed by a single degree of matching the record high for Nov. 15, set in 1894.

The winds will ease only slightly overnight Wednesday, when temperatures won’t fall far below 60. Thursday will be warm as well, forecasters say, with highs in the upper 70s.

Another record could be matched or set on Thursday in Wichita, since the current high mark for Nov. 17 is 78 from 1999.

But a strong cold front will bring much cooler temperatures to Kansas Thursday night and Friday, forecasters say.

“It’s going to feel a little more like November” on Friday, McGuire said.

In fact, highs on Friday “will struggle to get out of the 40s” in Wichita, he said.

Parts of far northwest Kansas could even see some snow. Saturday will be brisk, too, with highs only in the upper 40s.

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

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger