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Wichita weather for Friday: A break from the wind

Courtesy of National Weather Service

There will be something missing on Friday that Kansans have seen all too much of this spring: strong winds.

Oh, there will be a touch of breeze — the state’s name makes reference to south winds, after all — but it’ll be primarily in the single digits out of the west-northwest, forecasters say. Highs should reach the low 70s with plenty of sunshine after a crisp start to the day.

Winds will stay light overnight, when lows will drop to the low to mid-40s. Alas, the robust winds return Saturday, forecasters say, with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the low 70s again. The winds will be out of the east-southeast, blowing steadily in the teens and increasing into the low 20s. Gusts should top 30 miles an hour.

A slight chance of showers arrives Saturday night, forecasters say, with lows only falling to the mid-50s and winds remaining robust. Sunday will be unseasonably hot, with highs climbing to the upper 80s under mostly sunny skies. Southwest winds will be in the teens, gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

The weekend should end on a rainy note in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with precipitation stretching into Monday.

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