A storm system will race onshore in southern California very early Friday and by afternoon will induce a strong lee-side low that will ramp up south winds, bringing us into very high to extreme grassland fire risk. The main system gets through most of Kansas before it pushes out a chance for a few storms somewhere east of I-135. Conditions would be right for any storm that forms to become severe. Sunday night brings a chance for very light wrap-around rain or snow in central and eastern Kansas as another system races by to our southeast. Temps will be seasonal next week, upper 40’s and low 50’s.
How about those records?
Record highs for today in most Kansas communities are in the 80s. Temps today are forecast to be around 80 to 83 statewide, which would put most records at risk. The only sure shot we find today is Hutchinson, which for some reason has an official record high of 70 set in 2016. Temps will rocket past 70 be late morning, to a new record of 81. Her’s a look at records and today’s forecast high in other communities:
Community Record (Year) Forecast High Colby 80 (2008) 79 Ulysses 82 (2008) 78 Ashland 88 (1904) 80 Russell 80 (1992) 82 Pratt 89 (1904) 82 Salina 85 (1904) 82 Hutchinson 70 (2016) 81 Emporia 79 (1992) 82 Topeka 83 (1901) 82 Iola 83 (2006) 80