Yes, it was a record.
The National Weather Service reports that the temperature fell to 54 degrees Tuesday morning at Kansas City International Airport, setting a record low for July 15. The old record was 56, set in 1990.
It could happen again this morning. The record low for July 16 is 57, set in 1985, and the overnight low in the forecast is in the mid-50s.
The welcome cool weather with generally clear skies is expected to last all week, with a high of 76 today and then a low of 58 overnight. The record low for July 17 is 55, set in 2009. That’s followed by 75/60 Thursday and 80/63 Friday. Highs in the mid-80s return for the weekend, and no rain is in the forecast until Tuesday.
Tuesday’s record low is the fifth so far this year in Kansas City:
• It was minus 7 on March 3, breaking the old record of minus 1, set in 1978.
• It was 35 on May 16, breaking the old record of 37, set in 1997. The next day it was 37, breaking the old record of 39, set in 1895.
• It was 53 on July 3, breaking the old record of 55, set in 1968.