Lawrence’s high temperature of 108 on Sunday was one for the record books.
At least the record books kept since 1996, when a National Weather Service reporting system was implemented at Lawrence Municipal Airport. According to that information, the previous high temperature was 104 degrees recorded in 1999.
Before 1996, though, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tracked weather from the Kansas University campus, according to Mary Knapp, Kansas state climatologist.
KU still records weather information. And at the end of each month, the university sends the information to the National Weather Service.
According to the information gathered at KU, the hottest July 29 before this year was 107 degrees in 1934, Knapp said.
So if the temperature recorded Sunday at KU was 108 or higher, it was a record-setting high in both sets of books, Knapp said.
Attempts on Monday to determine what was recorded at KU were unsuccessful.
Ten Kansas cities broke daily high temperature records Sunday, including Topeka with a high of 107 degrees, and six cities tied record temperatures based on data from the weather service.
National Weather Service meteorologist Kris Sanders said this year has been one of the warmest years Kansas has had, and chances are high for above-normal temperatures during the next three months.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 100-101 range through Friday with a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms every day, Sanders said.