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Wichita weather: A rainy morning

A pedestrian makes her way down North Waco in Monday morning's showers. Since the rain began over the weekend, Wichita had recorded 1.31 inches of rain as of 6 a.m. Monday. (Apr.18, 2016)
A pedestrian makes her way down North Waco in Monday morning's showers. Since the rain began over the weekend, Wichita had recorded 1.31 inches of rain as of 6 a.m. Monday. (Apr.18, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Expect a rainy morning in the Wichita metropolitan area Monday, forecasters say.

Light rain will be punctuated by “a few rounds of scattered showers” through the morning and perhaps into early afternoon, said Jaclyn Ritzman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Since the rain began over the weekend, Wichita had recorded 1.31 inches of rain as of 6 a.m. Monday, Ritzman said. Higher amounts were reported in southeast Kansas.

Except for periods of heavy rain when the front first arrived Sunday morning, she said, Wichita’s rain has been light and steady as the waves moved through.

“It’s a soaker,” meaning the rain is soaking into the soil, “which is what we need,” Ritzman said. “This should make the farmers real happy.”

Skies will remain mostly cloudy through the day Monday, with highs climbing to the mid-60s. Winds will be primarily out of the west, with steady breezes in the low teens and occasional gusts.

Tuesday should see breaks in the clouds as highs push into the low 70s. Winds will be light out of the east, staying in the single digits.

Chances for rain return Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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