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Wichita weather for Monday: Sunny and windy

Courtesy of National Weather Service

After a chilly start, Monday will warm up into a breezy spring day in the Wichita area.

It’ll be so windy, in fact, that the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 1 until 8 p.m. for more than 20 counties in southern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area. The warning means there is an extreme danger for grassland fires. All told, more than 50 Kansas counties will be under a red flag warning today, many until as late as 9 p.m.

Steady south winds will be in the 20s this afternoon, forecasters say, with gusts approaching 40 miles an hour at times. Temperatures should climb to the upper 60s to low 70s under mostly sunny skies.

Tuesday is expected to be even warmer, forecasters say, with highs pushing into the low 80s. It’ll stay windy, with gusts again approaching 40 miles an hour. The National Weather Service has already issued a fire weather watch from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday for the region.

Winds will persist in the area on Wednesday, forecasters say, with gusts again approaching 40 miles an hour. Highs will reach the low 70s under partly cloudy skies.

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

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