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Wichita weather: Showers and thunderstorms likely

Courtesy of National Weather Service

Showers and thunderstorms are possible this morning and again this evening in the Wichita metropolitan area, forecasters say.

Storms had already fired up west of Wichita by 6 a.m., though none of them were severe. Highs should reach the low 80s, forecasters say, with light winds out of the east.

Chances for showers and thunderstorms are expected to persist through the Independence Day weekend, with highs near or touching 90 on Saturday and in the 80s Sunday and Monday.

Several inches of rain are possible in areas north and west of Wichita through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, and Wichita could see nearly 2.5 inches.

But any lingering rain Monday should be gone by mid-morning and should not interfere with any fireworks shows on the schedule, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the weather service.

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