Wichita weather: Sunny day, stormy evening

Monday will offer plenty of sunshine during the day in the Wichita area, forecasters say, but storms are likely tonight across the metropolitan area. Some of them could be strong, too.

Highs should top 80, with southwest winds in the teens early – with gusts topping 25 miles an hour – before they ease later in the day.

Storms are expected fire up from near Topeka all the way down into Texas, the Storm Prediction Center cautions. Southern Kansas, including Wichita, is included in a slight risk for severe weather that covers much of Oklahoma and a swath through the heart of Texas stretching all the way to the Mexican border.

“Strong instability should be favorable for efficient hail production” in Kansas, SPC forecasters warn.

Winds will shift to the north tonight, increasing from single digits to the upper teens. Gusts are expected to approach 30 miles an hour and temperatures will slip to the low 50s.

Tuesday will see more showers and thunderstorms, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds will be out of the north-northeast in the tens, gusting to more than 25 miles an hour.

More rain is likely on Wednesday in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.STRONG INSTABILITY SHOULD BE FAVORABLE FOR EFFICIENT HAIL PRODUCTION