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A record low and a record high in the same city - one day apart

Dodge City set a record low temperature one day - and a record high the next.
Dodge City set a record low temperature one day - and a record high the next. TNS

There are wild swings in temperatures - and then there's what happened this week in Dodge City.

A record that had stood for more than 100 years fell when the temperature early Monday morning fell to 23. That nudged aside the old mark of 24 set in 1907.

But then the temperature began to climb....and climb...and climb.

Helped along by sustained winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour, with gusts exceeding 60 miles an hour at times, the temperature soared all the way into the 90s in southwest Kansas.

Dodge City reached 94 degrees on Tuesday, setting a record for April 17. It broke the record set in 2002 by one degree.

Garden City topped out at 92, tying the record first set in 2006.

The two records in Dodge City represented a phenomenal swing of 71 degrees a day apart.

Another swing toward cooler temperatures is coming, forecasters say, with hurricane-force winds accompanying a cold front arriving Tuesday night.

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