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Wichita weather: Winds ease a little as 70s linger

A forecast map for Feb. 19
A forecast map for Feb. 19 Courtesy of National Weather Service

While Thursday set numerous high temperature records around Kansas, residents will likely find Friday’s weather much more agreeable.

The reason? Winds will back down considerably from gusts that topped 45 miles an hour at times.

“Today’s going to be much better than yesterday… much more tolerable,” said Robb Lawson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wichita.

Winds will be in the teens, with occasional gusts climbing into the upper 20s to low 30s. Sunny skies and highs in the low 70s are expected in Wichita.

The record high for Feb. 19 in Wichita is 74, set in 1996. Thursday’s high of 77 in Wichita broke the record for Feb. 18 of 74 in 1930.

Saturday is shaping up to be a nice day as well, with more temperatures in the 70s under sunny skies, with light and variable winds. A retreat toward more seasonal norms begins on Sunday and continues through next week, forecasters say.

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