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More heat and wind ahead of our next severe weather event

July 8 Forecast
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 8:55 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Temperatures will get a little bit hotter over the next couple of days. We’ll see high temperatures into the 90s with some nearing 100° out west. Winds will also become a little bit breezier. South southeast winds will be up in the 10 to 20 mph range this afternoon in the Tri-Cities. They could be just a bit higher our west. They won’t be quite as strong in the east. Skies will be fairly sunny most of the day. A few showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop in Western Nebraska late this afternoon and early this evening, but will struggle to get much farther east than about Highway 83. Otherwise, we’ll see a quiet night with lows in the upper 60s and low to mid 70s.

Tomorrow will be somewhat of a repeat of today as high temperatures climb back into the 90s ahead of a cold front. Winds will again be breezy out of the south. Late in the afternoon, a cold front will be pushing into the Sandhills of Nebraska. Along that front, thunderstorms will begin to develop. They will advances southeastward through the evening hours. They should last through at least midnight, but should be out of the area well before sunrise on Thursday. Severe weather is likely for a good part of Central and Eastern Nebraska as well as Northern Kansas. Initially, large hail and possible some isolated tornadoes will be possible. Damaging winds gusts will become a bigger threat as individual storms merge into one or two lines of thunderstorms. There could also be some areas of heavier rainfall. It has been rather dry area, so flooding may not be a widespread issue. But some localize flooding may be possible. For most, this will be a much needed rainfall.

Thursday will be just a little bit cooler than Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures in the morning will start off in the 60s. It’ll warm into the mid to upper 80s and lower 90s. There may be a few clouds around mixed with sunshine. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Some severe weather will be possible again across parts of Central and Eastern Nebraska.

Friday will feature a small chance for rain and thunderstorms both before sunrise, then again in the evening. Otherwise expect highs ranging from the mid 80s and upper 90s. The coolest temperatures will be in the northeast with the hottest temperatures in the southwest. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature very similar high temperatures. Saturday will have another chance for showers and thunderstorms. Sunday mostly likely will be dry. Temperatures look just a bit hotter for Monday with mostly sunny skies. We’ll see highs from near 90° northeast to near 100° out west.

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