Salina Hits 108 Then Gets Heavy Rain

It was no record, but it was hot in Salina on Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature peaked at 108 during the 5:00 hour. It was just a degree off the record high of 109 for the date, set back in 1980.

Later in the evening, thunderstorms rolling through the area dropped small hail and heavy rain. In Salina, .64 inches of rain fell.

For the year, Salina has received 16.15 inches of rain. That is 1.28 inches below normal. In an average year, Salina would have 17.43 inches of rain by this time.

The storm also knocked out power for over 1,600 Westar customers.

The outage was mainly in South Salina. Power was restored to nearly all customers within about an hour.

The area will get a break from the oppressive heat today and tomorrow, with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s. By Friday, triple-digit heat is again expected.