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Wichita weather for Monday: Breezy, with heightened grass fire threat

Courtesy of National Weather Service

Winds will be up there with the temperature in the Wichita area on a raw day in the region.

Highs will be in the low to mid-40s – and so will the wind gusts, out of the northwest, on an otherwise sunny day, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning from noon until 7 p.m. for nine counties in southern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area. Counties included in the warning are Rice, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner and Cowley.

A red flag warning is issued when there is an extreme risk for grassland fires. Northwest winds will be steady in the 20s in the warned area, with gusts up to 45 miles an hour.

Blustery winds will persist overnight, when temperatures drop to the mid-20s. Tuesday will offer more 40s and more wind, forecasters say, with north-northwest winds in the teens and gusting to the mid-20s.

Sunny skies and highs in the upper 40s and low 50s are anticipated through the rest of the work week in the area, forecasters say.

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