Windy, dry and warm weekend

Wind and warm this weekend. Very "spring-like" with highs in the 60s, 70s even close to 80 in extreme southwest Kansas. Gusty southerly winds, dry vegetation and low humidity will combine to produce an extreme fire danger. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 7 P.M. covering most of central Kansas. Wind gusts to 40 m.p.h. are likely. Red Flag Warnings are in place this afternoon from Noon to 7 P.M. across western Kansas for extreme fire danger.

The wind continues to howl tonight and Sunday. A cold front is promising a chance of rain and a few storms Sunday. Temperature will be warm on Sunday with highs in the 60s and 70s. Rain chances hold off until the evening and overnight hours Sunday into early Monday morning as a cold front pushes through Kansas. Rainfall amounts will remain less than 0.25" with the higher rainfall totals expected east of the Flint Hills.

In the wake of the cold front, gusty northerly winds will spread across Kansas, ushering in cooler temperatures and dry weather conditions. The fire danger will remain high Monday and Tuesday, especially in western Kansas. Highs will reach the 40s and 50s Monday through Wednesday with some moderation in temperatures expected towards the end of the week. The next chance of showers and storms comes next Sunday.

Wichita Area Forecast:

***Wind Advisory until 7 P.M.***

Today: Mostly sunny, windy and warm. Wind: S 15-25; gusty. High: 69.

Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy, breezy, mild. Wind: S 15-25; gusty. Low: 51.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, windy. Slight chance of evening showers. Wind: S 20-25; gusty. High: 66.

Tomorrow night: Chance of showers and storms, breezy. Wind: S/SW 15-25; gusty. Low: 40.

Mon: High: 56 Becoming partly cloudy, windy.
Tue: High: 52 Low: 30 Mostly sunny, breezy.
Wed: High: 49 Low: 28 Sunny.
Thu: High: 57 Low: 26 Sunny.
Fri: High: 64 Low: 35 Mostly sunny, warmer.
Sat: High: 66 Low: 44 Increasing clouds, warm.