Category Archives: Temperatures

Cool night enters the record books

It felt more like late September than mid-July this morning in Wichita and elsewhere in Kansas. That chill was even felt in the record book.

Wichita’s low of 55 matched the record low for July 15, first set in 1990. Russell shattered its record low by 5 degrees when it reached 51 overnight. That broke the previous record of 56 in 1973.

More record lows are possible tonight, forecasters say.

Wichita’s warmest day in months

It hasn’t been this warm in Wichita in nearly four months.

The temperature reached 77 late Monday afternoon, matching the high of Nov. 16, according the National Weather Service. To find the last day warmer than Monday, you have to go back to October 11, when the high was 83.

A dusting of snow Saturday, a sprinkling of spring Sunday

Wichita could see another inch or two of snow Saturday morning, forecasters say, but whatever falls isn’t likely to stick around long.

That’s because much warmer temperatures are on tap for Sunday and the first part of next week. Highs on Sunday could vault into the 60s and leap into the 70s on Monday.

If that prediction proves accurate, it will be the first time in nearly two months the temperature touched 70 – and only the second time since mid-November.

Spring? Not here

I spotted this gif on Facebook and thought it was too good not to share. Folks in many states can relate:


Wichita reached its high temperature for Monday at………noon??

Well, actually, it was a few minutes after that, according to the National Weather Service.

But then the cold front arrived at about 2 p.m. and the temperature dove about 7 degrees in 15 minutes. Tonight’s low could bottom out at about 20, and Tuesday’s highs won’t reach 40.

Bundle up!

Frost advisory until 9 a.m. Saturday in Wichita

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for 29 counties in southeast Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area – through Saturday’s early morning hours.

The advisory runs from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. for all 26 counties in the Wichita branch’s coverage area and until 8 a.m. in Bourbon, Crawford and Cherokee counties along the Missouri border. Low temperatures are projected to fall to 30 degrees early Saturday morning.

Another 19 counties in central and western Kansas are under a hard freeze warning through mid-Saturday morning. The warning stretches from the Oklahoma line to I-70 and generally from the Pratt County line to the Colorado border. Temperatures are projected to fall as low as the mid-20s overnight.

Wichita as the new San Diego?

During the soggy weeks of late July and early August, local meteorologists often compared Wichita’s weather pattern to Miami due to its tropical nature.

This week, they could compare it to San Diego for its consistency.

The National Weather Service posted a graphic on its website Tuesday saying the weather is going to be essentially unchanged for the next week…which is an oft-heard joke about being a meteorologist in San Diego: you can forecast the same thing for days on end.

A Florida summer for the Wichita area

Days of sunshine interrupted with brief, scattered showers.

Highs in the mid-80s to low 90s.

Light, teasing winds that often change directions.

It sounds like a typical summer in Florida – but it’s also what the Wichita area has been experiencing the past few weeks.

Wichita has recorded more than an inch of rain since Sunday, thanks to sporadic showers popping up or rolling through the metropolitan area.

Temperatures have actually been pretty seasonal for southern Kansas so far this summer, National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Ketcham said, though folks may not realize that given how hot recent summers have been.

Wichita is actually a bit below normal for the month in terms of rainfall, he said, but this week’s rains have been nibbling nicely at the deficit.

A map reflecting this week’s heat forecast

The National Weather Service has created a map reflecting temperatures anticipated across much of Kansas later this week.

Farmers will be cutting wheat in some parts of the state with temperatures above 100.

100s hit western Kansas

The high-pressure dome that signals summer’s arrival will baste western Kansas in triple-digit temperatures as the week unfolds.

Temperatures may reach 105 in southwest Kansas today and Tuesday, forecasters say, with similar highs possible Tuesday in northwest Kansas.

In fact, 100s could stretch through most of the work week in southwest Kansas.

Wichita, meanwhile, could flirt with 100 on Tuesday.