Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather: Sunny and hot

Wichita can expect a hot, sunny day Friday and a sizzling weekend before temperatures cool off a bit.

Highs should reach the mid-90s today, forecasters say, with southerly winds gusting above 20 miles an hour. There’s a slight chance of evening showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday could see highs approach 100, with the heat index climbing to 105. The index is a measure of what it feels like outside, including such factors as humidity. South winds will be gusty, topping 30 miles an hour at times.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for 18 counties in southern Kansas, including the Wichita area.

Counties included in the advisory are Saline, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Harvey, Butler, Greenwood, Woodson, Allen, Sedgwick, Sumner, Cowley, Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette.

Chances for showers arrive again late Saturday night, forecasters say, and will persist through the early part of next week, when highs will dip to the low 90s.

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

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