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New record high in Riverton; Lander ties 95-year-old mark

Jun 11, 2013 - From staff reports

A record-setting heatwave baked Fremont County on Monday, with only slight relief in the forecast over the next few days.

Riverton's official temperature soared to 96 degrees Monday, about 20 degrees warmer than average for the date. The reading set a new record high for the date in the city, surpassing the 95-degree reading established in 1973, when the official temperature station in Riverton was in a different location from the current site west of town near Riverton Regional Airport.

In Lander, Monday's 94-degree high temperature tied a record that first was set in 1918. Lander's average high reading for June 10 is 76 degrees.

Somewhat cooler weather arrived Tuesday, and neither Riverton's high temperature record of 94, set in 1956, or Lander's record of 93, also set in 1918, appeared to be in jeopardy.

Temperatures by midday already were above normal for the date, but predicated highs for both cities were in the mid- to upper 80s.

That temperature pattern is likely to continue at least through Thursday, when the National Weather Service forecasts high readings from 86-88 degrees in both Riverton and Lander.

Cooler weather is predicted for the weekend, when temperatures should return to more seasonable readings in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees. Little or no precipitation is forecast this week.

Low temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-50s. Record-low temperatures for the second week of June are in the mid-30s in Riverton and Lander.

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