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Temperatures expected to dip by midweek

By Gordon D. Fiedler Jr.
The Salina Journal, Kan.
Temperatures expected to dip by midweek
By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. Salina Journa -- Saturday, July 12, 2014 2:00 AM
Salina area residents should be able to give their air conditioners a rest by midweek as lower temperatures are expected to hit Kansas with a glancing blow.
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Salina area residents should be able to give their air conditioners a rest by midweek as lower temperatures are expected to hit Kansas with a glancing blow.
"A large ridge of high pressure is due to build off of the West Coast, and what it's going to do is allow a strong upper low to move down across the U.S. and bring below-normal temperatures," said Scott Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.
The Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes regions will bear the brunt of the system, he said, with Kansas on the fringe.
Highs locally are forecast to climb no higher than the mid-70s.
"That's quite cool for July, with lows Wednesday and Thursday in the upper 50s," Smith said.
Severe storms possible
Violent weather is a possibility depending on when the front moves through, he said.
A late afternoon arrival, after a hot day, could trigger strong storms, Smith said.
According to Salina weather records, similar scenarios might have occurred before, one exactly 97 years ago.
On Wednesday, July 16, and Thursday, July 17, 1917, the low hit 54 degrees.
Has happened before
There also was a string of temperatures in the low 50s in 1970. July 21, 22 and 23 of that year, the low temperatures were 51, 50 and 54, respectively. In 1967, the low was 51 on July 14 and 53 on July 15.
The low July 8, 1952, dropped to 51 and a day later it dropped a degree to 50.
The record low for the month was 46, set July 7, 1908.
The record high is a pair of 116-degree readings in Depression year 1936: on July 18 and July 24.
A similar scorcher is not in the forecast, but Smith said the cooler temperatures won't stick around.
"It will cool us down for a little bit then heat right back up," he said. "It's July."
--Gordon D. Fiedler Jr. can be reached at 822-1407 or by email at gfiedler@salina.com.
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