Records fall; Cooling off going in to the weekend
Just as advertised, records have been broken Thursday. Temperatures soared in to the triple digits across all of southeast Nebraska. Lincoln reached 102° as of 4 p.m., breaking the old record of 101° set in 1918. As of 4 p.m., Grand Island and Hastings have tied their record high temperature for the date.
A cold front will slowly pass through the Channel 8 viewing area over the next 24 hours. Behind the front, temperatures will be “cooler” Friday. Highs will be in the lower to middle 90°s. Along the front, temperatures will be in the upper 90°s to near 100°. Ahead of the front, temperatures should climb in to the 100°s.
Friday afternoon will bring a chance for an isolated shower/thunderstorm. I am not expecting any severe weather at this time. Lawns will be thankful for a downpour, however if it does rain, shortly after it finishes it will turn very humid.
Temperatures will remain in the 90°s through the weekend, with Sunday being the warmest of the two days. Highs should be in the middle 90°s with a chance for thunderstorms.
The latest Drought Monitor is out and news is not great for Nebraska. Areas of Nebraska now classified as “moderate” has increased 37% from last week. Areas classified as “abnormally dry” has risen 25% from last week.
There are signs of rain returning to the area next week, however I am not convinced rain will be widespread. Continue to water your lawn if you want to keep it green.
– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer