Wichita weather: Warm and breezy

Temperatures near 90 in October?

That’s in Wichita’s forecast for today, with highs climbing into the upper 80s thanks in part to strong southerly winds that will gust to nearly 40 miles an hour at times. Even sustained winds will be in the 20s by afternoon, forecasters say.

Lows tonight will barely duck below 70, with those southerly winds easing a little but still gusting at times to the mid-20s.

Friday brings a good chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening for the Wichita area, forecasters say. Hail the size of golf balls and winds of up to 70 miles an hour will be the primary threats in the Wichita area.

Temperatures will be markedly colder behind the front, forecasters say, with weekend highs only in the low 60s and overnight temperatures falling into the 40s.

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