The reporter, trying to keep cool by enjoying an ice cream treat!

High temperatures should be closer to normal today for much of Iowa. It’s a big change from yesterday when sweltering highs topped off in the 90s across the state, with a report of 100-degrees in Carroll.

Several records were set statewide as temps soared 25 degrees hotter than normal. Meteorologist Miles Schumacher, at the National Weather Service, says it’ll be cooler today.

Clouds have moved in with a weak frontal system that won’t be moving much, bringing temperatures down. Most of Iowa will be in the 80s this afternoon.

Schumacher says as the hot and cold air collide, there’s the chance for more wild weather. “We could see a possibility of some severe weather this afternoon,” he says, “and then again maybe late tomorrow afternoon there’ll be a chance for some severe weather, too.”

New record highs were set Tuesday in several cities, including the Des Moines metro area, where the National Weather Service office is located.

He says the capitol city reported a new record of 95 degrees, shattering a record of 90 that had been set in 1911, a full century ago. Several other cities set new records, including: Clinton, Atlantic, Lamoni, Mason City, Ottumwa and Waterloo.

Much cooler weather is on the way as forecasters say highs should be in the 50s and 60s by the weekend.

Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City