Despite flipping the calendar to November, residents across the central and southern Plains will experience temperatures more typical of mid-September to close out the work week.
The unusual warmth will even challenge long-standing records in some areas.
Temperatures to end this week will average 10 to as much as 20 degrees above normal from Texas and Oklahoma north through Oklahoma, Kansas eastern Colorado and Nebraska.
The warm air even extended into parts of Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota, although a cold front will shave several degrees off the temperature Friday.
Cities such as Austin, Dallas and Oklahoma City will soar well into the 80s again this afternoon, while Denver and Wichita rise into the 70s.
Mild readings in the 60s reached as far north as Great Falls, Billings and Rapid City, all cities which could have plunged into the single digits before this time of year.
The Rio Grande Valley of Texas will take the cake, busting past the 90-degree mark in some areas, reminiscent of some of the warmest Novembers on record in Deep South Texas.
While the northern Plains cool, the warmth will actually expand Friday from Texas to Kansas. Wichita is forecast top out around 80 to close out the workweek.
Even more impressive, there is a chance that Dallas could hit 90, which would be a first in the record books for November. In fact, November is the only month that the city has never seen a 90-degree reading.
Both Austin and Dallas tied record highs on Friday.
Here's a look at some of the other record high temperatures in jeopardy for today:
|City||Fri. High (Record)|
|Austin, Texas||84 (87/1950)|
|Dallas, Texas||88 (86/2008)|
|Lubbock, Texas||85 (83/2001)|
|Oklahoma City, Okla.||86 (83/2008)|
|Tulsa, Okla.||86 (89/1909)|
|Wichita, Kan.||81 (80/1978)|
|Wichita Falls, Texas||86 (84/2003)|
Clouds, a chance for rain and a switch in wind direction will cool down the southern Plains this weekend, ending the threat for record-breaking temperatures.
Hurricane Ignacio may enhance showers and stir rough surf for the Hawaiian Islands as it approaches next week.
After Erika brings heavy rain and locally gusty winds from Hispaniola eastern Cuba into Friday night, the system will move toward the Bahamas, the Keys and South Florida this weekend.
As many as seven tropical cyclones were churning throughout the world this past week, while smoke from wildfires across the Pacific Northwest led to poor air quality across the region.
Heat and humidity will return to Harrisburg this weekend and hang on into next week.
Heat will linger in Eastern Europe for much of the fall season; meanwhile, the British Isles and northwestern Europe can expect a stormy end to the season.
As Hurricane Katrina barreled towards the Gulf Coast, peaking at Category 5 strength while feasting on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, meteorologists around the country prepared to deliver one of the most crucial and life-saving forecasts in history.
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Anchorage, AK (1989)
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New England (1816)
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