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Blistering day set records in Lander, elsewhere

Aug 20, 2013 - From staff reports

Monday was one of the hottest August days on record for much of Wyoming, and more of the same is in store for Fremont County and Wyoming after some all-time highs were set around the state.

Lander set a new record for Aug. 19 with 96 degrees.

Casper also set a record with the same reading.

Riverton reached 95, while Big Piney topped out at 92, beating the record of 89 degrees reached in both 2001 and 1986.

Riverton's record high for the date is 101 degrees.

The high temperature at Lake Yellowstone was 81 degrees. That broke a 79-degree record set at the observation center in 2008 but matched a high recorded by a cooperative observer in 2001.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Anglin says Wyoming's temperatures usually peak by late July and begin tapering off by mid-August.

Highs in the Wind River Basin for the rest of the week could reach the upper 80s to around 90 -- warmer than average but still short of the record-setting range.

Record highs for Cheyenne, Rawlins and Laramie are possible on Tuesday.

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