A sizzling summer Sunday: 111 topples 1980 record

You know it’s hot when a record from the massive heat wave of 1980 topples.

But that happened Sunday, when the temperature in Wichita reached 111. The old mark for July 10 was 110, set in 1980.

“We may not be done yet,” National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Smith said. “We might make it to 112.”

Wichita hasn’t been this hot in more than 30 years, records show. The last time the temperature reached 111 was July 11, 1980.

Forecasters initially expected highs to drop a little from Saturday’s peak reading of 108, but Smith said so little changed in the atmospheric conditions overnight the stage was set for another scorcher.

Monday should be better – if only a little.

“We should see maybe a little cooling trend – if you want to call 100 degrees a cooling trend,” he said.

Highs will be about 104 on Monday and about 100 on Tuesday, forecasters say.