The hottest temperatures of the week come today

August 2, 2022 Morning Forecast
The hottest temperatures of the week come today.
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 7:45 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 8:45 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Temperatures will soar today leading to what will likely be the hottest day this year. High temperatures later this afternoon will rise to between 97° and 105°, but high humidity could have many with heat index values up to as high as 105° to 110°. There may be just a little relief from winds which will be out of the south southwest at 10 to 20 mph with some gusts to 25 mph. There will be a bit of increase in clouds from the northwest as skies become partly cloudy. Late this afternoon as a cold front moves into Northwest Nebraska, some showers and thunderstorms may fire up across northern and western parts of the area. The chance of severe storms isn’t great, although some severe wind gusts may be possible with the strongest storms in Northern Nebraska. The other big threat starting late this afternoon and continuing into tonight will be the threat for dry lightning. Most of these storms that develop will be low precipitation, but with lightning striking the dry ground, wildfires will be possible. These showers and weak thunderstorms will continue to progress east and southeast overnight as the cold front continues to advance through the area. Unfortunately, most will not get really good rain. Some may linger into tomorrow morning in the south and east. Low temperatures tomorrow morning will dip back into the upper 60s and 70s with the highest upper 70s in the east.

The lingering showers and isolated thunderstorms in the south and east will slowly move away, leading to clearing skies through the day. Yes, it will be cooler, but temperatures will still be quite toasty, reaching the low to mid 90s in the afternoon. Late in the afternoon, isolated showers and thunderstorms may fire up near the cold front in Northern Kansas. Those will slowly move away from the area in the evening. The rest of us will see mostly clear skies. There will be a noticeably cooler feel to the air as low temperatures by Thursday morning will fall back into the low to mid 60s.

Look for plenty of sunshine on Thursday as temperatures heat back up into the 90s. The warmest temperatures will be in the west where upper 90s will be possible. The heat continues to crank back up into Friday with highs in the mid to upper 90s and lower 100s. On Saturday, a cold front will start to move in from the northwest. This will bring some cooler temperatures to those locations, but it’ll still be hot ahead of the front. High temperatures will range from the mid 80s northwest to the upper 90s in Northern Kansas. This cold front will provide for our next chance of showers and thunderstorms for sometime between later Saturday afternoon and Sunday night. Sunday will be a bit cooler for everybody with highs from the low 80s northwest to the lower 90s southeast. Temperatures will jump back up a bit on Monday as mostly sunny skies return. Look for highs in the low to mid 90s.

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