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Wichita weather: Pleasant day early before storm chances return

Courtesy of National Weather Service

Wichita can expect a pleasant summer day for mid-July on Friday before another chance of showers and thunderstorms arrives tonight.

Highs will top out in the upper 80s under mostly sunny skies, forecasters say, with light southeasterly winds stirring as the day stretches out. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms could pop up in the region by late afternoon.

The storms will most likely develop west of I-135, according to the National Weather Service, with the strongest storms capable of winds reaching 60 miles an hour, heavy rain and hail the size of half-dollar coins. The storms may evolve into a line of heavy rain producers, forecasters say, with localized flooding possible overnight.

Saturday could see rain persist early before skies eventually clear and temperatures push into the low 90s. A new weather pattern will take hold Sunday, as a period of hot, humid and dry weather begins.

Highs on Sunday should reach the mid-90s, forecasters say, with the heat index reaching or exceeding 105 through most of next week.

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

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