Above-average temperatures are here to stay
Cloud cover blanketed Southeast Nebraska for most of the day on Saturday which kept highs in the upper 80s for Lincoln. Not everyone was stuck in the 80s on Saturday. Locations such as Hebron, Beatrice, Columbus, and Wahoo were all able to surpass 90°.
A few thunderstorms developed Saturday afternoon south of the Kansas-Nebraska state line. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a few of these crop up into our southern row of counties – such as Gage, Jefferson, and Pawnee counties – on Saturday evening. These storms should remain south of Lincoln and will dissipate late Saturday evening and overnight.
I anticipate that Lincoln will hold onto some cloud cover Saturday night – we’ll go with mostly clear to partly cloudy skies by Sunday morning with a low near 69°.
We should remain mostly dry on Sunday. I cannot rule out a small chance for a stray shower but this chance is very small, especially for Lincoln. We’re otherwise partly cloudy and warm with a high of 95° for Lincoln.
Combine the temperature with the humidity, and the heat index – or “feels like” temperature – may be in the upper 90s on Sunday afternoon.
As we head into next week, temperatures are going to soar. We should be in the upper 90s by Tuesday and may even surpass the century mark on Wednesday. Factor in the humidity, and things will feel plain gross outside. If you don’t have air conditioning or work outside, remember to stay hydrated and practice heat safety!
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron