Daily Archives: 1 August, 2012

July muscles its way up the heat charts in Wichita

Hideous.

That’s the word the National Weather Service in Wichita used in its monthly summary to describe the heat that closed out July.

A closer look at the numbers for July shows why: the 2012 edition has few peers in Wichita’s climate history.

After a rather modest beginning, the month transformed into a monster over the final two weeks. By the time it ended, July had 21 days of triple-digit temperatures.

Only two years recorded more 100s in July – 1980 and 2011, with 24 each.

Wichita hit 100 or more 14 of the last 15 days of July and set or tied record highs four times in six days at the end of the month.

The month’s average high of 102.2 ranks 2012 fourth all-time in recorded Wichita weather history. Only 1980, 1954 and 2011 topped this year.

The average temperature of 88.2 tied 2012 with 1934 for fourth place on the list of Wichita’s hottest Julys. That list is topped by 1980, with 2011 next and then 1954.

Wichita also set or tied two marks for warmest lows, on July 29 and 30.

Little more than a quarter-inch of rain fell at the National Weather Service office in west Wichita, making this July the sixth-driest on record.

It’s too soon to say August will simply be more of the same, weather service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser said. Triple digits are expected through Saturday, but a strong cool front is expected to bring showers to the area this weekend.

One forecast model suggests the dome of high pressure that has cooked Kansas for the past few weeks will shift to the south and west, allowing cooler temperatures to dominate next week after the showers move through. But another indicates the dome will clamp back down “and crank the heat right back up,” Kleinsasser said.

We’ll find out the answer soon enough.

Wichita weather: Another scorcher for southern Kansas

The excessive heat warning hangs on for another day as the temperature begins its inexorable climb well above 100 again today in the Wichita area.

The heat warning remains in effect until 7 p.m., with heat indices of as much as 108 in the region today. Forecasters are calling for a high of about 106 today in Wichita, with sunny skies and light south-southeast winds.

Overnight lows will fall into the upper 70s under mostly clear skies. Winds will remain light out of the southeast, staying in the single digits.

Thursday will be hotter still, forecasters say, with highs of at least 107. Triple digits are expected in Wichita through Saturday before a cool front is expected to bring some relief on Sunday.

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