Summer has finally arrived in Harvey County. Temperatures were nearly 100 Tuesday, and could reach triple digits for the first time this year today.
If you took the last few years as a comparison, the first heat wave is a little late this year, but overall it is not so late. The relatively cool May was probably a little more the norm, said Chance Hayes of the National Weather Service in Wichita.
What is considered normal is a 30-year average. According to that average, our "normal" high for early June is in the mid-80s, which is what we were having until the latest heat wave.
Hayes said May was one of the coolest on record, so people have become used to the cooler weather, making a late heat wave more uncomfortable.
Temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 90s through the rest of the week, and there is a chance of thunderstorms late in the week. A wind advisory was in effect Tuesday and today, with winds at 35 miles per hour and gusting up to 40.
Hayes said the jet stream has moved north, which has allowed warm air from the southwest to move into Kansas.
While we are still officially in drought conditions, there has been more rain this year. The National Weather Service says we have had 14.61 inches of precipitation this year and the average is 13.58.
Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 90s the rest of the week with little chance of rain. The average temperature for June 10-16 is in the mid-80s.