A strong upper-level ridge warmed up the Plains and Midwest this weekend. After a couple of locations in Kansas broke daily records Saturday, more widespread records fell again Sunday! Topeka, KS hit 98° on Saturday, smashing the old record of 92° from over 100 years ago.
More of the same is expected Monday, although the heat may be tempered just a bit as a frontal boundary has moved through and brought in slightly cooler air along I-80. Still, temperatures will run 5-15 degrees above average as daytime highs close back in on 90 degrees.
Looking ahead to the middle of the month, The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) shows high confidence of below average temps across the Southern Plains, and possible cooler than normal weather around the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, the PNW is expected to shift to well above average.
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