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Periods of heavy rain expected in Wichita area

WICHITA - Sporadic bouts of heavy rain are in the forecast for the Wichita metropolitan area today.

Meteorologists say clusters of showers and thunderstorms should move through the region this morning and early afternoon - and then again late tonight. The strongest storms may have small hail and winds of up to 50 miles an hour.

A flood watch is in effect in the area through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Highs may only reach the upper 70s in Wichita, with winds shifting from calm to gusting out of the east at more than 20 miles an hour.

More rain is likely Wednesday, with highs in the 80s.