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Wichita weather: Our first 100? And then strong storms could move through

Wichita could hit 100 for the first time this year on Saturday, but then another round of severe weather is possible in the region.

The heat index could approach 110 on a hot, muggy afternoon, according to AccuWeather. The National Weather Service is encouraging residents to limit their outdoor activities Saturday afternoon due to the heat.

A heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday for more than 40 counties in the eastern half of Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

Thunderstorms could strike the Wichita area by about 6 p.m., according to AccuWeather, though the weather service is projecting the storms to arrive later than that.

Winds aren’t expected to be strong during the day, with steady breezes in the single digits and gusts only pushing into the mid-teens. Chances for showers and thunderstorms increase late Saturday night and into early Sunday morning.

Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats, though an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out, weather officials say. Winds of 70 miles an hour or more and hail the size of golf balls are possible.

Behind the storm front, Sunday will be much cooler in the Wichita area. Highs will only be in the mid-80s on a partly sunny day.

Winds will be light out of the north. Monday should be pleasant, forecasters say, with sunshine and highs in the upper 80s.

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

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