Gusty winds, low humidity, extreme fire danger

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Meteorologist Mark Larson says wicked winds, warm temps and very low humidity Thursday are the perfect weather recipe for an extreme fire danger here in Kansas. Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches cover most of our state today.

Southerly winds will be howling Thursday, with gusts over 40 mph possible, under a sunny sky. Highs will soar into the 60s nearly statewide but most likely fall just short of setting any records.

Gusty winds will stay strong all night long and into Friday morning, keeping most of us well above freezing.

A cold front will plow across our state Friday, shifting winds around to the north-northwest, and eventually ushering in "cooler" temps but highs will only fall into the 40s and 50s this weekend.

The best bet for rain showers with the fast-moving front now looks like it will now be shoved into the southeast corner of our state Friday night so most of us will miss out on any needed moisture.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

** Red Flag Warning until 6 p.m. extreme fire danger **

Today: Sunny, windy and warm. Wind: S 20-30; gusty. High: 63.

Tonight: Mostly clear, breezy, mild. Wind: S 15-25; gusty. Low: 41.

Tomorrow: Breezy, increasing clouds. Wind: SW 15-25; gusty. High: 61.

Tomorrow night: Clearing. Wind: SW/NW 10-15. Low: 31.

Sat: High: 53 Sunny.
Sun: High: 55 Low: 26 Mostly sunny.
Mon: High: 48 Low: 25 Sunny.
Tue: High: 61 Low: 32 Mostly sunny, windy.
Wed: High: 51 Low: 40 Windy, colder, rain/snow possible late.
Thu: High: 38 Low: 27 Becoming partly cloudy, colder.