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Lincoln looks to cool off as city hits 100-degrees

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By: Bill Schammert

We broke another record, 100-degrees on Tuesday.  It shattered the previous record of 96-degrees, set all the way back in 1915.

But with city pools not open, it was tough to find a place to cool off, unless you had a membership.

"I was surprised by the 95 to 100-degree day, but we knew there was going to be a warming trend, so we were ready for it," Jerry Madison, General Manager at the Lincoln Racquet Club, said.

The Racquet Club opened its pool on Mother's day, two days ago.  It's the same day Lincoln actually set a record low temperature, at 31-degrees.

"We had one brave soul who got in the pool, it was a little chilly, but he made the plunge," Madison said.

Tuesday was a different story.  Families filled the pool area as temperatures climbed, especially after schools let out.

City pools will won't open until May 25th.

So how can temperatures climb so fast? We asked Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist, Luke Dorris.

"The jet stream has been sagging to our south and this opens up the door to let cold, Canadian air come down," Dorris said.  "Well we finally saw it switch to the north and that brought us in some tropical, very warm air."

Dorris says the fast swing was also helped by the extremely dry conditions.

It's Nebraska weather at its finest, from record lows to record highs, all in less than three days.

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