Warmest in 16 years; Hot and humid start to weekend

Heat and humidity will be the story for Friday through Sunday before a cold front brings relief for the start of next week.

Sunny skies today will allow temperatures to climb to the middle and upper 90°s.  Forecasting a high of 98° in Lincoln Friday will be the warmest for August 5 in 16 years.

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Dew point temperatures will climb in to the lower 70°s Friday.  Combined with the air temperature, dew point temperatures will topple 100° Friday afternoon.  Expect peak heat indices to range 100° to 105°.

We go even higher Saturday.  The approaching cold front will send temperatures soaring ahead of it thanks to compressional warming.  Highs will be around 100°.

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It will be very humid with dew point temperatures in the lower to middle 70°s.  This will send the heat index, or feels like temperature, to some of the highest levels of the summer.  Peak heat indices should range between 102° and 112° Saturday afternoon.

– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer

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