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.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States next week with the potential for one of these to reach Southern California.
This weekend will feel dramatically different from earlier this week in the northeastern United States as colder weather, and in some cases, a taste of winter with snow arrives.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into Saturday evening.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
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Record October snowstorm brings 21 cm (just over 8 inches).
Hurricane Juan kills more than 200 and results in $1.5 billion in damages.
Tuscaloosa, AL (1994)
Lightning struck during Alabama-Mississippi football game. 3 people were injured.