Wednesday’s high of 65 degrees in Manhattan was the third warmest Christmas on record.
The National Weather Service says it was the warmest day since its ASOS site began tracking records in 1996. An older non-ASOS site, with data dating back 100 years further, found Wednesday’s temperature missed the record-mark of 67 degrees set in 1936, by just two degrees. Wednesday’s low temperature of 45 was the warmest low temperature on record for Christmas Day.
Elsewhere across Kansas, record highs of 68 degrees were set in both Wichita and Emporia. Topeka reached 67 degrees, the second warmest Christmas on record while Concordia reached 62, the third highest on record there.
Unfortunately for warm weather lovers, the temperatures were short lived as we’ll see colder temperatures continuing through the end of the year, with rain and thunderstorms possible Friday and Saturday and a slight chance of snow Saturday night into Sunday.