It was a hot time in the old town Wednesday night.
The overnight temperature of 67 was an all-time maximum for a low in November for Lawrence. The previous warmest night for the month was 66, recorded on Nov. 2, 1944, and the former record for this date was a mere 53 in 1913.
Temperatures recorded by the Journal-World varied by only three degrees from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. this morning.
Mike Akulow, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Topeka, attributed the warm night to a combination of a spring weather pattern fueled by strong southerly winds from Texas and Mexico and cloud cover which retained the heat. The winds, he said, continued to mix the warm air, preventing the usual decrease in temperatures.
After a quick return to cooler temperatures, mild weather is likely to be back for the weekend. Akulow said a cold front is expected to push through Lawrence by late afternoon, dropping the temperature rapidly after sunset to the mid-30s. Forecasters predict high temperature readings on Thanksgiving Day to hit the mid-50s.
Another warming trend is expected to move in behind the cold front, Akulow said. High temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are expected in the 60s.