Cool night enters the record books

It felt more like late September than mid-July this morning in Wichita and elsewhere in Kansas. That chill was even felt in the record book.

Wichita’s low of 55 matched the record low for July 15, first set in 1990. Russell shattered its record low by 5 degrees when it reached 51 overnight. That broke the previous record of 56 in 1973.

More record lows are possible tonight, forecasters say.

Wichita weather: Delightful day

Days like this don’t come along often in July around the Sunflower State.

Sunshine, light north winds and highs in the upper 70s are expected Tuesday in the Wichita area, forecasters say. That’s at least 15 degrees below the normal high for this time of year.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms arrives overnight, when lows will settle in the low 60s. Better chances for rain come on Wednesday, forecasters say, when highs will only be in the low 70s. Rainfall could be heavy at times. Winds will stay in the single digits out of the south and southeast.

Rain could persist overnight in the region, with lows dipping to the upper 50s to low 60s. A slight chance of scattered showers will linger into Thursday as well, forecasters say.

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

Thursday morning’s rainfall around Kansas

Substantial rain soaked a healthy swath of central and southern Kansas early Thursday morning, as this map generated by the National Weather Service shows.

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Impressive lightning display

I’ve heard from a number of friends who talked about being awakened by the strong thunderstorm that rolled through Wichita early Thursday morning. The storm brought heavy rain and scores of lightning strikes. Lightning was blamed for two house fires a block apart on South Seneca and an oil storage tank fire near 127th Street East.

This AccuWeather dropcam video captured some of the storm’s power.

Wichita weather: Summer’s sizzle sets in

Folks wanting a taste of summer’s sizzle are about to get their wish.

Sunshine, south winds and temperatures climbing through the 90s are in the forecast through the weekend in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Highs today will be in the low 90s and in the mid- to upper 90s Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures will be boosted by south-southwesterly winds that will gust into the mid-20s at times. Overnight lows will be a balmy 75 degrees or so through the weekend.

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

Wichita weather: Early morning showers, then clearing

Early commuters may get wet in the Wichita area Thursday morning, forecasters say, as showers and thunderstorms finish moving through the region.

Skies will gradually clear throughout the day, however, as highs climb near 90. Winds will be out of the north early in the day before shifting to the south later on, forecasters say. Gusts could approach 25 miles an hour.

Lows tonight will only drop to the low to mid-70s under mostly clear skies, before gusty south winds help send the temperature soaring on Friday to the mid- to upper 90s. Clear skies and gusts of nearly 30 miles an hour will help the region sizzle, forecasters say.

Temperatures could brush 100 on Saturday before cooling off to the low 90s on Sunday.

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

Wichita weather: 80s and sunshine

It’ll be another pleasant day for early July in the Wichita area on Wednesday, forecasters say.

Highs will be in the upper 80s under sunny skies, with light southeasterly winds occasionally pushing into double digits. A chance of rain arrives overnight, when lows slip into the upper 60s.

Those rain chances will linger through the morning hours on Thursday before skies begin to clear, forecasters say. Highs will approach 90 degrees. Winds will be stronger than over the previous few days, with steady breezes in the upper teens and gusts pushing 30 miles an hour.

Friday and Saturday will be sunny and hot, with highs in the upper 90s, forecasters say.

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

Wichita weather: Not as hot, with a chance of showers

Tuesday will be several degrees cooler than Monday in the Wichita area, with highs likely to top out in the upper 80s.

There’s a slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say. North-northeasterly winds will be in the teens, with gusts topping 20 miles an hour.

Lows tonight will be in the mid-60s under partly cloudy skies. Wednesday will be pleasant for mid-July, forecasters say, with highs in the upper 80s and light winds. There will be a few clouds around as well.

Slight chances for rain return Wednesday night and Thursday, when highs will nudge 90.

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

Wichita weather: Climbing near 100

Monday will be hot in the Wichita area, with highs climbing near the century mark for the first time in several weeks.

South-southwesterly winds will gust to about 25 miles an hour under sunny skies, forecasters say. The surge of heat comes in front of an approaching cold front, which will bring a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

Lows tonight will be in the mid-70s, forecasters say, with Tuesday’s highs only reaching the low 90s under mostly sunny skies. Chances for rain will persist through the evening hours, with overnight lows in the upper 60s.

Wednesday is shaping up to be sunny but cooler still, with highs in the upper 80s.

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

Animation shows drought’s softening grip on Kansas

A wet June has done wonders for shaking loose the drought’s grip on Kansas. This six-week animation produced by the United States Drought Monitor shows conditions improve for most of the state.

This U.S. map showing drought classification changes indicates most of Kansas improved at least one class.