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Heavy rain possible tonight in Wichita area

WICHITA - Summer thunderstorms are likely in portions of Kansas today and tonight, forecasters warn.

Heavy rain is possible with the storms, prompting the National Weather Service in Wichita to issue a flood watch for 20 Kansas counties from 1 p.m. today until Wednesday morning. The watch includes the Wichita metropolitan area.

While small hail and winds of up to 60 miles an hour are possible with the strongest storms later today, forecasters say, the most serious threat appears to be locally heavy rains.

Highs today in the Wichita area will be in the low 80s under mostly cloudy skies. Wednesday will be cloudy and much cooler, forecasters say, with highs in the low 70s in Wichita.