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Record Breaking Temperatures Today, More Tomorrow

By: Jordan Frazier
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 11:10 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It was the hottest days we’ve seen in the state in quite some time. Temperatures were well above average with many new record high temperature being set.

New record heat hit the state today. Notice the pattern here. Most previous records were set in...
New record heat hit the state today. Notice the pattern here. Most previous records were set in 2008.(Jordan Frazier)

Just for reference, the hottest observed temperature today was 107 degrees in Sheridan and the coldest was 84 degrees in Yellowstone. On top of these hot temperatures, dry conditions are still allowing much of the wildfire smoke to stick around prompting the extension of the air quality warning to the northern and southern regions of the state. Going into the later parts of the week, much of the heavy smoke will stay towards the north with the moderate smoke staying in the east. Because of the dry conditions, out fire outlook for tomorrow is back with an elevated risk affecting cities like Sheridan and Gillette with some dry thunderstorms out in Yellowstone. There are some showers making there way across the western portion of the state, but most of the showers are very short lived. The cloud cover from these showers did help keep the region relatively cool compared to the record-breaking temperatures of the east. We can already see a cold front to our north that is starting to move down through the state over the later parts of this week. This system will increase our rain chances and also bring us much cooler temperatures. Tomorrow, we can see more of those showers and storms out to the west with some of them moving toward to the central regions of the state like Riverton and Casper.

The increase in showers and cloud cover is allowing some regions to see cooler temperatures...
The increase in showers and cloud cover is allowing some regions to see cooler temperatures when compared to the record breaking ones from today.(Jordan Frazier)

Nothing in terms of severe weather is expected as the Storm Prediction Center has just a general thunderstorm risk in effect. Tonight, we will be cooling off, but temperatures will still be above average as much of the state can see 60s and 70s. Tomorrow, that oppressive heat will move from the north down to the southeast where we can see some more possible record breaking temperatures. Hang in there though as the increasing rain chances later this week and into this weekend will bring some much needed relief into the forecast.

Record heat is possible moving to the southeastern region tomorrow rather than the north that...
Record heat is possible moving to the southeastern region tomorrow rather than the north that we saw today.(Jordan Frazier)

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