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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The drought situation got worse over three areas of the state, but it was the opposite corners of the state where the greater changes were realized. Southwest Nebraska saw a noticeable expansion of the “exceptional drought status” and the northeast areas expanded the ‘extreme drought status.’ This means major crop loss and pasture damage, extreme fire danger and more widespread water shortages likely are occurring. The drought around the Tri-Cities is stable but Grand Island pushed their yearly precipitation deficit above the six inch mark, with Hastings nearly six inches below normal.
The current weather pattern is not helping. Hot, dry weather will continue to be prevalent through the weekend with high temperatures and humidity increasing over the weekend as the upper level high pressure ridge nudges farther east. Highs in in the upper 90s and 100s will expand in Western and Northern Nebraska, while central and eastern areas will remain in the low to mid 90s. Saturday and Sunday highs will increase into the mid 90s around the Tri-Cities area and the humidity will be more noticeable.
As the ridge breaks down, temperatures will cool back into the 80s next week with upper 70s to lower 80s Tuesday and Wednesday. The good news is the chances for rain early next week have increased, but the down side is the rain amounts have decreased from earlier model runs. Any rain will be welcome at this point.
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