Wichita weather: Fine Friday, stormy weekend

Courtesy of the National Weather Service

A pleasant Friday is on tap for the Wichita area, forecasters say, but it’ll be followed by a stormy weekend.

Highs today should peak in the mid-80s under mostly sunny skies. South winds will be in the teens, with gusts approaching 25 miles an hour.

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms arrives early Saturday morning, forecasters say, before skies clear during the day. Temperatures are expected to climb to the mid-90s, slightly above seasonal norms, with south winds intensifying as the day stretches out. Gusts could top 30 miles an hour.

Showers and thunderstorms — some of them severe — are likely Saturday night through much of the region, forecasters say. The strongest storms are expected to produce heavy rain, hail as large as golf balls and winds of 60 to 70 miles an hour.

The storms are most likely northwest of a line stretching northeast from the Harper/Kingman county line through Wichita and El Dorado to just southeast of Matfield Green, according to the National Weather Service.

The cold front bringing the severe weather will send temperatures plummeting in its aftermath, with highs on Sunday in the upper 70s to low 80s. Highs through at least mid-week will remain in the 80s.

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

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