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It’s not often we call 90s cooler, but “cooler” air has arrived

June 18, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 7:56 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 8:56 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The frontal boundary that split the area yesterday between record highs to the south and cooler, but still hot conditions to the north, has pushed into the southern parts of the Local4 viewing area near the Nebraska/Kansas border. Some slightly cooler, but still very warm temperatures are expected. North of that boundary, much of the area will see highs in the upper 80s and low to mid 90s. Winds will be a bit breezy out of an east northeast direction at 10 to 20 mph. To the south of that, expect upper 90s and some lower 100s. Heat index values could get to 105° or so in Northern Kansas, so a heat advisory is in effect there this afternoon. Much of the area near and north of that front will see partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of spotty showers and isolated thunderstorms. For tonight, the main chance for any showers and thunderstorms will be in our far Southeast and far Southwest Nebraska counties. The majority of the area will remain dry. Low temperatures will range from the upper 50s north to the lower 70s southeast.

Much of the area will likely stay dry Saturday with just a slim chance of some minor precipitation. It’ll be a partly to mostly sunny day. Winds will go from northeasterly to more southeasterly as the day goes on and will be a bit breezy at 10 to 20 mph. High temperatures will range form the mid 80s northeast to the mid 90s south. A slightly better chance for showers and thunderstorms will move across the state from west to east overnight Saturday night. Some severe storms with large hail and damaging wind gusts are the main threats. Lows Saturday night will be in the 60s north and west and 70s south and east.

Sunday will still likely be quite warm, but will depend on the timing of an approaching cold front. With partly to mostly sunny skies, my high temperatures currently range from around 80° northwest to around 100° southeast. If the front comes through sooner, that could cool things down a bit quicker than expected. Winds will turn quite breezy behind the cold front at 15 to 25 mph. Behind the front, there will be a chance for showers and thunderstorms Sunday night into Monday morning. Monday will be the one truly cooler day around the area. Highs will mostly be in the mid to upper 70s. It will warm right back up for the rest of the week. Highs will be back into the mid to upper 80s and lower 90s on Tuesday. Then it looks like upper 80s and low to mid 90s on Wednesday. Widespread 90s are possible Thursday. There are some slight chances for showers and thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday.

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