Mother Nature appears poised to present the Wichita area with ideal summer weather for the Independence Day weekend.
It’ll be sunny and warm, but not too warm, forecasters say. Highs will be in the upper 80s Thursday and Friday and the low 90s Saturday and Sunday.
There’s a slight chance of showers late Thursday night and early Friday.
Even if it rains, “everything will be out of here by noon on Friday,” AccuWeather meteorologist Andrew Gagnon said. “It’ll be a very nice evening for fireworks and other festivities. And it looks nice through the weekend.”
Cookouts, picnics, time at the lake or the zoo, flying a kite – they’re all possible with a forecast like Wichita’s for this weekend. Winds are expected to be light and variable Thursday and Friday before picking up over the weekend. Winds will be a bit gusty at times, forecasters say, but not enough to derail outdoor plans.
“It looks like a great weekend to be outside,” Gagnon said.
It was just two years ago when Wichita endured five straight 100-degree days from July 3 to 7. The year before that saw highs of 100, 98 and 103 for July 3, 4 and 5. While those same three days in 2010 saw highs in the upper 70s to low 80s, they were all dampened by rain.
Wichita has experienced only one 100-degree day so far this year. That 102 on May 4 is the earliest triple-digit day in the city’s history. Wichita reached 99 degrees two days later but hasn’t been close to 100 since then.
“It’s strange, actually, that we haven’t seen anything that high yet,” Gagnon said.