Daily Archives: 24 April, 2012

100s forecast for central Kansas on Wednesday

April still has nearly a week left in it, and forecasters are already tossing triple digits into the forecast.

Pratt, Medicine Lodge, Coldwater and other parts of central Kansas are projected to hit 100 on Wednesday. Upper 90s are forecast in western Kansas and low 90s are expected in the Wichita area.

Predictably, temperature records will topple all over the Sunflower State. Wichita’s record high for April 25 is 90, set in 1901. Russell and Salina hit 94 in 1989. The record for Dodge City and Garden City is 90, set in 1989.

This graphic posted by the National Weather Service offers a glimpse of what to expect on Wednesday.

It won’t be a record for earliest 100-degree day in Kansas, though. Garden City hit 100 on April 22, 1989. But it’s still an early sampling of sizzle.

Summer hasn’t settled into the heartland two months early. Wednesday’s wicked temperatures are the result of downslope winds – air rapidly compressed as it comes rushing down the front slope of the Rockies. Temperatures climb dramatically, thanks to the friction between air molecules.

Winds will shift again on Thursday, allowing temperatures to subside toward seasonal norms. Mondays high, in fact, is projected to top out in the upper 50s.

Wichita weather: Windy and warmer

The winds will pick up noticeably in the Wichita area today, forecasters say – and so will the temperatures.

Highs should climb into the 80s today under sunny skies, with south-southwest winds blowing steadily in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour. Overnight lows will only drop to the low 60s, and then Wednesday may see record-setting highs in the low 90s.

Winds will again be out of the southwest, forecasters say, blowing steadily in the teens and gusting into the low 20s. Lows will again be in the low 60s Wednesday night, before temperatures begin to back off a bit on Thursday.

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