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Wednesday the hottest day of the year for Lawrence

July 18, 2012

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Wednesday was the hottest day of the year for Lawrence — at least so far.

The official high temperature in Lawrence was 108 degrees, measured at about 3 p.m. Manhattan and Salina both saw their mercuries rise to 108, too, said Scott Blair, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. The next hottest days of 2012 were June 28 and July 7, when the NWS recorded the temperature at 107 degrees.

Lawrence hasn’t had a certified measurement station long enough to have a completely official “warmest-day-ever” record, Blair said, and it could take some time to confirm if it was a record for the area or for the day of the year, but 108, he agreed, is pretty hot.

Today’s high is expected to be 104 with a slight chance of some isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Friday’s forecast? A still-balmy 102.

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