Wichita Weather


Wichita weatherWhile the weather in Wichita is relatively mild both in summer and winter, ours is a four-season climate with very distinct weather changes. Our climate is best described as mild with short periods of weather extremes, and the sun shines for at least part of 225 days on average every year.

Known for the presence of tornadoes, Kansas is free of hurricanes, smog and tidal waves.

Tornado near Sedgwick, Ks April 9, 1990.
Photo by Matt Dennis

Wichita’s weather is influenced, like most weather in the Great Plains, by warm air masses, laden with moisture, moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. These warm air masses meet and interact with colder air which pushes south from Arctic regions. The point of collision between the two air masses is determined by where the jet stream, a west to east flow of air in the upper atmosphere, is located. In many respects, the jet stream forms a boundary, in some cases a barricade, to either of the two air masses.

A significant element of weather in Wichita which affects both temperature extremes is the wind. Even on the hottest days of summer, when temperatures can rise to over 100 degrees, a prevailing wind from the south (and relatively low humidity) keep the heat from becoming oppressive. In the winter, the same wind can bring wind chills to well below zero one day and almost spring-like weather the next. Still, weather extremes don’t usually last very long, normally only a few days.

Current and Forecast Weather Information

National Weather Service Office, Wichita, Kansas

National Weather Service – Wichita
NWS Tornado Twitter Page
NWS Severe Thunderstorm Twitter Page

Wichita Radar Images
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KAKE 7-Day Forecast
Current weather conditions and forecast from KAKE.com

KWCH Storm Team
Current weather conditions and forecast from KWCH.com

KSNW Weather Center
Current weather conditions and forecast from KSN.com

Intellicast Forecast

Wichita Weather Underground

The Weather Channel

tornadoTornado Strikes Wichita!
Early in the evening on May 3, 1999, an F4 rated tornado struck Haysville and Wichita killing six, injuring as many as 100, and damaging or destroying 150 homes and 27 businesses along its 12 mile path of destruction.

Kansas Tornado Chasers

Surviving Severe Weather Threats

Wichita Ice Storm 2005

Evergy Power Outage Map


Average Temperature/Precipitation by Month
Avg. Low Avg. High Precip. Snow (in.)
January 21.5 40.8 0.81 5
February 24.7 45.5 1.11 4
March 33.7 56.1 1.97 3
April 45.2 67.4 2.79 0
May 54.9 75.8 4.21 0
June 64.6 86.0 4.46 0
July 69.5 91.5 3.31 0
August 68.3 90.6 3.03 0
September 60.0 82.0 3.24 0
October 48.2 70.4 2.37 0
November 34.7 55.2 1.50 1
December 25.2 44.0 1.09 3