Topeka-area residents may see the warmest day so far in 2018 on Wednesday, as highs are expected to top out the mid-70s under sunny skies.

Friday brings a chance for showers as highs should reach the lower-70s.

Cooler weather is on tap for the weekend, with highs Saturday in the 50s and highs Sunday in the 60s.

This hazardous weather outlook is for parts of east

central...north central and northeast Kansas.

The National Weather Service says very high fire danger conditions will develop again Thursday and Friday across the area.

Here is the seven-day outlook from the weather service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 75. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 51. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Friday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 20 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.

Sunday: Showers likely after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Sunday night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers after 1am. Low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Monday: Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Monday night: A chance of rain before 3am, then a chance of rain and snow between 3 and 5 a.m., then a chance of snow after 5 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 56.