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Wichita weather for Wednesday: Windy and warm

Another round of windy, warm weather awaits Wichita on Wednesday, forecasters say.

Highs are expected to touch 70 under mostly sunny skies, with northwest winds in the teens early and strengthening to the 20s later. Gusts could reach 35 miles an hour, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

“It’s still going to be breezy, but nothing like yesterday,” Smith said.

Gusts reached 54 miles an hour in Wichita on Tuesday, he said. Winds gusted to 62 miles an hour in Newton and 60 miles near Harper southwest of Wichita.

A red flag warning signifying an extreme grass fire risk will be in effect from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday for 13 counties in southern Kansas, including most of the Wichita metropolitan area.

Counties included in that warning are Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Harvey, Reno, Kingman, Sedgwick and Harper. Red flag warnings have also been issued for more than 35 counties elsewhere in Kansas.

Light rain fell in the Wichita metropolitan area early Wednesday morning, but it only amounted to a trace for the city. Heavier amounts were reported north of the metro area, Smith said.

Thursday will offer another round of warm and windy weather, forecasters say,with highs in the mid-70s and north-northwest winds gusting to about 35 miles an hour. Winds should back down Friday and Saturday, when highs will again be in the 70s.

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

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