Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather: Temperatures, fire danger both elevated today

Spring break is getting off to a toasty start in the Wichita area.

Record temperatures are possible Monday, forecasters say, with highs expected to reach the mid-80s on a sunny, breezy day. Winds out of the south-southwest, gusting to more than 30 miles an hour at times, will help boost temperatures.

The record for March 16 in Wichita is 83, set in 1908.

The dry, windy weather has raised the grassland-fire threat over much of the state. A red flag warning is in effect for the entire afternoon and much of the evening for dozens of counties in Kansas, according to the National Weather Service. Only the southeast and northwest corners of the state are not included in the warning.

Skies will remain mostly clear overnight, when lows dip to the upper 40s. St. Patrick’s Day will be much cooler, forecasters say, with winds shifting to the north-northeast and highs peaking in the upper 50s.

A chance of rain arrives Wednesday, when temperatures will be cooler still. Highs may reach 50, forecasters say, with winds out of the east in the teens.

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

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