Break from the storms, but not the heat

Powerful storms rocked much of the state last night as a complex of storms moved from northwest Kansas to southeast Kansas during the overnight and early morning.

Storms produced damaging wind gusts with many locations reporting gusts between 60-70 m.p.h. Winds knocked down trees and power lines from Hays to El Dorado. Northeast of Newton in the town of Walton, two trains were blown over just before midnight, with 140 cars turned over. A wind gust to 67 m.p.h. was reported at the Newton Airport at 12:07 A.M. Rain caused flash flooding as several locations across northern Kansas have reported between 3-5" of rain. The highest amount reported so far, 5.30" in Little River (Rice Co.).

Showers and storms are over, except for a few afternoon/evening storms across southeast Kansas. Sunny skies through the afternoon with temperatures ranging from the 80s in the northwest to the 90s in the south. Mainly clear tonight, however clouds move back into Kansas by early morning. Lows in the 60s and low 70s.

The front that produce severe weather on early Sunday morning will become stationary and move north on Monday, allowing more heat and humidity to flood into Kansas from Oklahoma. Highs will be in the 90s to near 100 with heat indices ranging from 105-110. The heat continues Tuesday before another front moves in Tuesday night. Expect showers and storms Tuesday night with a hit/miss stormy weather pattern expected Wednesday through Friday.

Wichita Area Forecast:

Today: Morning showers/storms moving out, then mostly sunny. Wind: SE/E 5-15; gusty. High: 94.

Tonight: Mostly clear to partly cloudy. Wind: NE 5-10. Low: 72.

Monday: Morning clouds, then sunny. Hot and humid. Wind: SE 5-10. High: 96. (Heat Index 105-107)

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear to partly cloudy. Wind: S 5-10. Low: 76.

Tue: High: 99 Sunny with storms developing overnight.
Wed: High: 88 Low: 73 Partly cloudy. Scattered storms, especially overnight.
Thu: High: 86 Low: 67 Scattered showers/storms, otherwise mostly cloudy.
Fri: High: 89 Low: 68 Scattered showers/storms, otherwise partly cloudy.
Sat: High: 90 Low: 71 Mostly sunny.
Sun: High: 92 Low: 72 Partly cloudy.