Wichita weather: Sunny but windy

03/11/2014 5:00 AM

03/11/2014 7:02 AM

It’ll be another warm day in the Wichita area Tuesday, but that’s not what residents will notice the most.

The wind will be the attention-getter, forecasters say, with afternoon breezes blowing steadily out of the north at more than 30 miles an hour and gusts approaching 50 miles an hour as a cold front pushes through the area. The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a wind advisory from 1 p.m. until midnight for more than a half a dozen counties in central and south-central Kansas.

The advisory includes the Wichita metropolitan area and these counties: Saline, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner and Cowley.

Temperatures could approach 70 again in Wichita before the cold front arrives, forecasters say. Once the front pushes through, readings will drop sharply.

Clouds will move in, bringing with them a slight chance of rain overnight. Lows will slide to the low to mid-30s. Winds will remain strong through the evening, gusting at times to 50 miles an hour before easing after midnight.

Wednesday will be much cooler, forecasters say, with highs in the low to mid-50s. North winds will persist at a brisk pace, blowing steadily in the upper teens and gusting to about 30 miles an hour.

Warmer temperatures return later in the week.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

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