A few more days of heat, followed by a dip in temperatures
Temperatures and dew points both increased on Thursday, resulting in a warmer afternoon for most. As of Thursday evening, a few storms have cropped up in the Panhandle and in southwestern Nebraska.
We expect these storms to push east on Thursday night. A Severe T’Storm Watch is in effect for portions of central Nebraska until 11pm Thursday. A few storm clusters in this region may produce some gusty winds and/or large hail.
Not everyone in the watch area will necessarily see severe weather. It is also important to note that areas east of the Tri-Cities, including Lincoln, are not included in the watch.
Any showers and storms that do arrive in eastern Nebraska late Thursday will do so in a weakened state. We can’t rule out a stray overnight or morning storm in Lincoln. We’re forecasting low temperatures near 70°.
Isolated storms are possible throughout the day on Friday in southeast Nebraska, but there will be lots of dry hours. While the overall chances are small again, be prepared for the possibility to encounter some isolated rain. We expect mostly sunny skies outside of any showers, with a high near 97° on Friday.
Temperatures may rise past 100° on Saturday. However, a cold front passage will drop temperatures for Sunday. That cooldown doesn’t appear to be a brief one, as 80s for highs remain in the forecast through the rest of next week as of now.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron