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Wednesday reached 104…

…… Wichita, hoisting the number of triple-digit days this year to 34.

But 100s don’t re-enter the forecast for the Wichita area until next Wednesday, so residents will welcome these cooler temperatures.

July muscles its way up the heat charts in Wichita


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.

Excessive heat warning for Wichita area until Wednesday night

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued an excessive heat warning for 12 counties in southern and southeast Kansas until 7 p.m. Wednesday, including most of the Wichita metropolitan area.

“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create dangerous conditions where heat illnesses are likely,” the weather service’s warning statement reads.

Heat indices of 105 to 108 are expected each of the next few days, forecasters say, with conditions worst at about 4 p.m.

Another day, another record for Wichita

The thermometer has climbed to 110 today in Wichita, matching the record high for the date set in 1986.

The temperature may yet climb higher, giving 2012 the record all by itself. Stay tuned.

Most 100s in back-to-back years? That would be now

While 2012 trails last year’s record-setting total of triple-digit temperatures by some distance, the two years combined have already broken the mark for most 100s in back-to-back summers.

The 79 100s of 2011 and 2012 surpasses the old mark of 72 100s set in 1936 and 1937, according to data provided by AccuWeather. Much of that total comes from the 53 100s in 2011.

Expect the 2012 total to climb quickly this week, but if AccuWeather’s long-range forecast for August proves accurate there will be no assault on the record for most 100s in a summer.

A heat advisory and a slight chance of showers for Wichita

A heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. for seven counties in south-central Kansas, including Sedgwick, Reno, Butler and Kingman counties.

There’s a slight chance for widely scattered thunderstorms after 4 p.m., too. The National Weather Service reports that isolated storms will fire up northeast of a line from Great Bend to Wichita to Coffeyville. The main threat from the stronger storms will be wind gusts of more than 50 miles an hour.

Outside of the storms, winds will be light, offering little relief from the heat. South breezes will be staying primarily in the single digits in the region today, forecasters say.

Sunday sees several temperature records fall around Kansas

Wichita wasn’t alone in setting temperature records on Sunday.

Chanute’s high of 110 broke the previous record of 108 set in 1986, according to the National Weather Service. Tribune had a record high of 106, breaking the previous record from 1980 by one degree.

Russell and Salina tied their record highs, matching the 107 of 1980 in Russell and the 108 from 1940 in Salina.

Two cities joined Wichita in setting record high lows on Sunday. Russell dropped to just 75, breaking the previous mark for July 29 from 1989 by one degree. Salina’s 77 also bettered the existing record from 1979 by one degree.

There hasn’t been a hotter day in more than 30 years

Wichita recorded its warmest day of the summer – and one of the warmest in decades – on Sunday.

The high of 111 broke the previous mark for July 29 of 109, set in 1978.

Forecasters had to go back to the legendary summer of 1980 to find a warmer day in Wichita, National Weather Service meteorologist Robb Lawson said.

The temperature reached 111 three times last summer, and Sunday was the hottest day of this summer – so far.

“Tomorrow’s going to be pretty brutal, too,” Lawson said.

Highs on Monday expected to reach 108, thanks in part to southwest winds drawing air from the desert.

That wouldn’t be a record, however, since it reached 110 on July 30 in 1986. Nonetheless, Wichita will flirt with record highs off and on throughout a scorcher of a week.

Highs are projected to climb between 105 and 110 for the next several days, Lawson said. A strong high pressure ridge over Kansas is deflecting fronts off to the north, he said.

The next chance for showers and temperatures not in the triple digits won’t arrive until next weekend, Lawson said.

Wichita didn’t just set a record high Sunday, it set a record low temperature as well – a record high low temperature, that is. The low of 83 easily surpassed the previous high low of 80, set more than 70 years ago in 1940.

Showers settle some dust in the Wichita area and double the rainfall total for July

Chances are you slept through it, but Wichita finally got a bit of rain overnight.

The official rainfall of .13 doubles the city’s total for July, National Weather Service meteorologist Leon Wasinger said.

That also knocks 2012 well down the list of driest Julys on record – not that anybody really minds.

“Julys have been known to get dry” in Wichita, Wasinger said.

Coincidentally, the wettest day of the month was also the hottest: the high of 108 topped the previous record of 105 set in 1964.

The thermometer used for official temperature readings sits in a grassy strip between runways at Mid-Continent Airport, and Wasinger said swirling winds pushed air superheated by the asphalt runways over the temperature sensors and gave readings a bit of an artificial boost. The high at NWS offices about a half-mile away was 105.

Such boosts are rare, he said, but they can happen if the wind is blowing just right.

Wichita hits 106, sets record

There haven’t been many records set in Wichita during this heat wave.

That changed Wednesday, when the thermometer hit 106. That broke the existing record for July 25 of 105, set in 1964.

This is the 9th straight day of 100s for Wichita, raising the total for 2012 to 23.

That’s still 7 less than last year through July 25, but it’s nearly double the average annual total of triple digit days in Wichita. That number is 12.