May 4, 2014

Wichita sees 102 degrees on Sunday, sets record

Whew, was it hot.

Whew, was it hot.

At 2:08 Sunday afternoon, the temperature in Wichita reached 100 degrees. At 3 p.m., it was 101, and still the mercury kept climbing.

By 4 p.m., it was 102.

“It is not only the first time this year we reached 100, it was the first time ever this early in the season we reached 100,” said Brad Ketcham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The previous record for May 4 was 94 degrees, set in 1963.

The last time Wichita hit 100 degrees so early in the season was May 9, 2011 – which was the summer the city saw 53 days of 100 degrees or more.

“We seem to be in a little more of a hurry to reach 100 degrees than we ever have been,” Ketcham said.

The hot weather brought power outages across Wichita. At one point, Westar was reporting more than 10,000 heat-related power outages shortly after 5 p.m. for the Wichita area.

And, like the old-timers used to say: “It’s a dry heat.”

It truly is, Ketcham said. The humidity Sunday was 7 percent, similar to living in the Panhandle of Texas.

It should be dry and hot again on Monday, with a high near 95, according to AccuWeather. Tuesday’s high is forecast to hit 97 degrees.

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