Saturday’s weather was friendly to those out for activities like the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade or the Ugly Sweater Run, and today is likely to be even better. It might even break a record for early-December warmth in the area, said Brian Barjenbruch, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Topeka.
After reaching a low temperature of about 40 degrees late Saturday night, today’s forecast calls for a high of 71, which would break the all-time record for a Dec. 2 high temperature measured by the Topeka station. The record, set in 1917, stands at 70 degrees. Tonight is likely to be warm, too, and windy, with lows in the mid-50s and south winds gusting up to 30 mph after midnight.
A cold front is expected to move in late Monday afternoon, pushing a 20 percent chance of light showers ahead of it and bringing cooler temperatures, with lows in the upper 30s overnight. Any opportunity for rain will probably have passed by Tuesday, which should be mostly clear with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.