If you prefer the season of fall being a little bit more of the warmer side of things, you’ll enjoy the temperatures for today and tomorrow. We’re tracking temperatures that will run at least 10 to 15 degrees above average for today. The cloud cover will gradually break apart and clear out throughout the course of the afternoon today. While the cloud cover will subside, the winds will do the exact opposite. Winds will shift to be primarily out of the south, and will strengthen during the afternoon. Sustained winds will run about 10 to 20 mph, with gusts ranging from 25 to 30 mph possible at times. The increasing sunshine and strong winds will help our temperatures climb into the 80s for most of northeast Kansas today. For Topeka, our record high for today is 88°, which was set all the way back in 1938. Although we’ll climb close to that record, I think we’ll fall just short of it. Tomorrow though, we have a much better chance of tying, if not breaking that weather.
Couple mostly sunny skies with another round of strong southerly winds, and temperatures more suited for summer will surge into the area. High temperatures records could possibly be broken tomorrow. For context, Topeka’s average for this time of year is 68°, but I’m forecasting a high of 88° for tomorrow. Our record for tomorrow is 90° from back in 1991, and although my forecasted high right now is just a couple degrees shy of that, I can’t say it wouldn’t completely catch me off guard to see us at least tie that record. However, I’ll continue fine-tuning this forecast for you throughout the course of the next few hours.
If you’re itching for more sweater weather that’s suitable for the fall season, don’t fret! After our next dry cold front moves through after Monday, we’ll see temperatures back in the mid 70s for Tuesday. But we won’t stop there. Temperatures will continue to slide back down into the 60s. In fact, we’ll trade the above average temperatures to start off this new week for below average temperatures by the end of the week as we’ll be back down in the lower to middle 60s.