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Wichita weather: Summery day before front signals a hint of autumn

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For those who have been longing for summer’s departure, Friday will be a day to celebrate.

While daytime highs are expected to creep into the 90s under partly sunny skies in the Wichita area, a strong front will be surging through the Sunflower State throughout the day, dumping rain all along the way.

“This is really the first good, strong front that kind of hints that fall is on the way,” National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Metzger said.

The front is so strong and expansive and there is so much humidity in the air that “just about everywhere in Kansas is going to get wet,” he said.

Central Kansas could see more rain than the rest of the Sunflower State, he said. But Wichita could still get enough rain late Friday night and early Saturday to trigger street flooding.

The stronger storms could also bring damaging winds and small hail, according to a hazardous weather outlook issued by the weather service.

Once the front moves on, notably cooler temperatures will pay the region a visit. Highs on Saturday will only be in the upper 70s, with temperatures only recovering to the 80s for the next several days.

Compared to July, when it felt like Wichita had relocated to the Gulf Coast, this weekend’s weather ought to seem really nice.

“It will feel like a treat,” Metzger said.

While he’s not ready to rule out more hot spells — or even another 100-degree day — Metzger did offer one concession.

“This looks like the beginning of the end of summer,” he said.

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