Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather for Wednesday: Warm, windy; high fire danger in afternoon

No fooling: Wednesday will be a warm, windy day with temperatures climbing to near-record highs in the Wichita area.

Scattered morning fog should burn off by about 10 a.m., forecasters say, with clouds gradually clearing during the day. Winds will intensify out of the south as the day extends, reaching the 20s in steady breezes and gusting to near 40 miles an hour by late this afternoon.

A red flag warning will be in effect from 1 to 7 p.m. in seven Kansas counties, including the Wichita area, according to the National Weather Service. Counties in the warning include Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner, Kingman, Marion, Chase, Harvey, Butler and Sumner.

“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and become very difficult to control,” a statement issued by the weather service reported. “Outdoor burning is not recommended.”

The record high for April 1 in Wichita is 89, set in 1903. Temperatures could climb near that by late afternoon, forecasters say.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible in the region early Thursday morning, when lows are projected to settle in the mid- to upper 50s.

Thursday should see more chances for showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-70s.

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