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Wichita weather: Chances for rain increase through weekend

Courtesy of National Weather Service

June’s about to join the rain parade in the central Plains states.

Heavy rain is expected to fall in southern Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area – over the next several days, with some parts of the Sunflower State expected to receive as much as 5 inches of rain by Tuesday.

The Wichita area could see 2 to 3 inches of rain through the weekend, National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said via Twitter. There could be even higher amounts in localized areas, he said.

The opening act for the rainy spell in the Wichita area could come as early as Thursday morning, forecasters say, though the precipitation chances don't reach the “likely” stage until early Friday morning.

Highs Thursday in the Wichita area could reach the mid-90s, with gusty south winds in the teens and 20s. Gusts could approach 35 miles an hour at times.

Rain is likely Friday and will be possible each of the following days through at least next Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports.

Highs are expected to be in the upper 70s on Friday and the low 80s through the weekend.

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