Scorching temperatures for the Fourth, but at least rain chances continue to be in the forecast

July 4, 2022 Morning Forecast
Scorching temperatures for the Fourth, but at least rain chances continue to be in the forecast.
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 8:19 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2022 at 9:42 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After a night of showers and thunderstorms, including the surprise tornado just outside of Grand Island, things are becoming quieter this morning. Some clouds do remain near and north of Interstate 80 this morning, but should diminish some as the day goes on. There are even a few lingering spotty areas of some very light precipitation. As more sunshine comes out, temperatures are going to heat up all across the area. Look for high temperatures between about 95° east to about 105° west. While the hottest temperatures will be in the west, higher dew points in the east will bring the feels like temperature (heat index) up to around 105° in the east. Winds will be rather breezy today out of the south southwest. They’ll get up as high as 15 to 25 mph with some gusts up to around 30 mph or so. Those winds should come down enough by the post-sunset time frame, that the threat of fireworks tipping over should not be too high. Meanwhile, there is an outside chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm later this afternoon and this evening. The chances do seem better to the west and northwest. Otherwise, most will see a quiet evening and overnight with lows in the upper 60s and low to mid 70s.

Tomorrow will once again be quite hot as temperatures soar into the 90s and lower 100s. It won’t be nearly as breezy as Monday. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny. Later in the afternoon and into the evening, I expect showers and thunderstorms to fire up. This will be a much better chance than Monday evening. Northern Nebraska would have the best chance severe weather, although some severe storms will be possible in Southern Nebraska as well. Large hail and damaging wind gusts would be the biggest threat. Storms will weaken later in the night, but may linger into Wednesday morning. Look for lows Wednesday morning in the mid 60s northwest to mid 70s southeast.

Wednesday will be a bit cooler with a shot of cooler air moving in from the north. Look for highs in the mid 80s north to mid 90s south. More mid to upper 80s and lower 90s are in store for Thursday and Friday. Both Wednesday and Thursday will have fairly decent chances for some showers and thunderstorms with the best chance during the late afternoon, evening and overnight. There is still a slight chance Friday, but it does not look as favorable. I did keep out any chance for the weekend, but they may need to eventually be included in future forecasts if needed. Temperatures will start to come back up this weekend. On Saturday, highs will be back up to the 90s. It could be closer to 100° out west and closer to 90° in the east. Sunday will also be quite toasty with highs from around 95° northeast to around 105° southwest. Beyond Sunday, it’s looking a little cooler for much of next week with highs commonly between the mid 80s and mid 90s for the majority of the Local4 viewing area.

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