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Wichita weather for Thursday: Sunny day, stormy night

Courtesy of National Weather Service

A warm, sunny day is on tap for the Wichita area on Thursday before strong storms arrive later tonight, forecasters say.

Highs should reach the upper 80s, with south-southwest winds occasionally touching double digits. But a strong cold front will begin pushing into Kansas from the north late in the day, bringing hail as large as 2 inches in diameter and winds of up to 75 miles an hour to central portions of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Those isolated supercells will morph into a long line of storms before they reach the Wichita area shortly before 10 p.m., forecasters say. The thunderstorms will still be capable of dime-sized hail and winds of 65 miles an hour by the time they reach the metropolitan area. Periods of heavy rain can also be expected.

Storms could linger into early Friday afternoon in the Wichita area before skies begin to clear, forecasters say. Highs will only be in the mid-70s. The weekend should be dry, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s.

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

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