As the temperature rose, records fell

As sizzlers go, Sunday reached the summit in Wichita.

The high of 102 didn’t just shatter the record high for May 4, it set the mark for earliest 100-degree day in Wichita history. The old daily record of 94 dated back to 1963. The previous earliest 100 was May 9, set in 2011.

Salina also set a record Sunday, reaching 96. That topped the old mark of 95 in 2012.

Chanute also erased a record, reaching 94. That broke a record more than 100 years old, since the previous mark was 92 set in 1909.

Incidentally, the 100 in May back in 2011 turned out to be something of a sign of things to come for Wichita that year. There were a total of 53 100-degree days in 2011, more than in any other year in the city’s history.