Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather: Cool and breezy — and a break from the rain

A woman takes pictures on Bleckley while a strong current of water flows down the street after heavy rains came through Wichita on Saturday. (May 16, 2015)
A woman takes pictures on Bleckley while a strong current of water flows down the street after heavy rains came through Wichita on Saturday. (May 16, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

It’ll be a cloudy and cool day in the Wichita area on Wednesday, forecasters say.

Most importantly, it’ll be dry, giving the saturated area a reprieve from the rains that have turned this May into one of the wettest on record.

“We should have a break today and even tomorrow,” said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Periodic showers Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning brought .72 of an inch to Wichita, hoisting May’s rainfall total to 8.18 inches. That’s more than 5 inches above normal and puts 2015 on the precipice of the 10 wettest Mays in the city’s history.

But the region caught a break even with the latest rains, Pearce said, because less rain fell than was anticipated. That allowed the weather service to cancel the flash flood watch that was originally slated to run through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Highs today will only be in the low 60s, with north winds in the teens and gusting at times to more than 20 miles an hour. Thursday should see a mix of clouds and sunshine in the region, with highs pushing into the mid-60s.

But then rain returns to the forecast Friday and remains likely — or at least possible — through Memorial Day.

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

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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