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.
Following a dry end to the holiday weekend, showers and thunderstorms will quickly return to the Northeast during the first part of the new week.
The unrelenting heat across the interior West will continue through the first part of the new week, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
After blowing through Guam over the weekend with up to 304.8 mm (12 inches) of rain, Chan-hom has its eye set on intensification as it tracks toward Japan's Ryukyu Islands and eventually east-central China.
Severe thunderstorms will ignite from Minnesota to northeastern Colorado into Sunday night. Storms will extend from upper Michigan to northwest Texas on Monday.
A 21-year-old California woman died recently after contracting a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba that thrives in warm bodies of water.
An uptick in tropical activity is likely around Hawaii and then near the shores of Mexico as July progresses.
DeSoto, NE (1871)
Tornado blew railroad cars off track; heavy hail.
Rapid City, SD (1891)
Hail killed 16 horses, and injured many others.
Bayonne, NJ (1900)
Spectacular three-day fire stated when a lighting bolt struck a refinery.