Wichita weather: Windy conditions send temperatures, fire threat climbing
04/09/2014 5:00 AM
04/09/2014 7:03 AM
It’ll be a warm and windy day in the Wichita area Wednesday, forecasters say.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch effective from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for 32 counties in central and southern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.
Winds out of the southwest will be steady in the 20s and gust to 35 miles an hour on Wednesday afternoon, when temperatures are expected to reach 80 under sunny skies.
The counties included in the watch are Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Greenwood, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Rush, Hodgeman, Pawnee, Stafford, Gray, Ford, Edwards, Kiowa, Pratt, Seward, Meade, Clark, Comanche and Barber.
Lows will only drop to the low 50s Wednesday night, forecasters say, with south-southwest winds easing only slightly. Gusts will still top 30 miles an hour.
Thursday is expected to offer more sunshine and more wind, forecasters say, with highs reaching the mid-70s and west-northwest winds gusting at times to nearly 30 miles an hour.
Lows will duck below 50 under mostly clear skies, with easterly winds easing to the single digits.
Friday should see more 70s and more sunshine for Wichita, forecasters say.
For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.
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