Warmer, more windy days ahead

We’re tracking the warmest days we’ve had since that unseasonably warm stretch of weather in mid-October. High temperatures will be on the steady rise over the next several days. Expect temps in the middle 70s this afternoon. Followed immediately by upper 70s tomorrow and then 80°+ on Thursday. Yes, you read that correctly. Keep in mind, our average high is a meager 56° for this time of the year. We’ll do the quick math for you – that’s some 25°+ ABOVE average. In fact, temperatures will be closer to 90° than they will be to our seasonal standards throughout this time period. Take a moment to let that sink in.

One of the reasons we’ll be so warm are the winds. It will NOT be breezy today, but strong south winds will return as early as tomorrow. Expect gusts over 30mph at times. They’ll stick with us through Thursday evening too. A consistently warm wind direction and lots of mid-November sunshine are the perfect ingredients for near-record warmth a week out from Thanksgiving. Does it seem too good to be true? It is Kansas, after all.

In short – yes. Yes it is. Temperatures will absolutely plummet by the weekend. We’re still tracking a potent cold front blasting through our neck of the woods on Friday. Various computer models now add rain chances into the mix. However, there’s still a lot of ‘wiggle room’ with Friday’s potential weather-maker. If we do see rain, it would likely be accompanied by a few rare November thunderstorms. The late-week cold front will take 80°+ and turn it into the 20s by Saturday morning. That’s a difference of over 60°! We’re certainly entering that time of year where HUGE temperature swings exist.

So what’s the weekend looking like? Well – it’ll be nice and sunny…just a lot colder. Lows will dip into the lower 20s on Saturday and Sunday morning. And don’t expect afternoon temps to get much warmer than 55° either. It’ll be a shock to our system, no doubt. But 50s are right where we should be for this time of the year. As Turkey Day approaches expect another stretch of tranquil weather (lots of sunshine, lighter winds) with a gradual warm-up next week. Stay tuned.

You’re already in the right place for the latest weather information across Northeast Kansas. Be sure to check back for regular forecast updates, as Friday’s weather-maker slides in. You can also download our KSNT Storm Track Weather App for free right here. It’s also available (for free) on your local mobile marketplace – Android, iPhone, etc. It’s the very best way to get an up-to-the-minute forecast on-the-go! No matter where you are, we’re always watching and always tracking!

Have a great day!

– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert

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