Record high temperatures likely today ahead of a major shift in our weather pattern

September 20, 2022 Morning Forecast
Record high temperatures likely today ahead of a major shift in our weather pattern.
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 7:53 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2022 at 8:34 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It will be a scorcher of a day today ahead of an approaching cold front that will move through the northern parts of the area this afternoon. Under quite a bit of sunshine, we’ll be looking at high temperatures that will range from the mid/upper 80s northwest to the lower 100s southeast. Many have a good chance to tie or break record highs later today. Current record highs that have a decent chances of being tied or broken in the Local4 viewing area today include Grand Island (95°), Hastings (96°), Kearney (95°), Lincoln (96°), McCook (98°), and Imperial (99°). Winds ahead of the cold front will be southwesterly. They could be a bit breezy over Eastern Nebraska at 10 to 20 mph with some gusts over 25 mph. The cold front should be close to the Tri-Cities around the end of the afternoon. The front will continue to push southeast through the rest of the area this evening. There is a slight chance of isolated showers and weak thunderstorms near the cold front. Later tonight, we’ll see an increase in lower level clouds with a continue slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms.

A much different day is anticipated for Wednesday. Northeasterly winds will be quite breezy at 10 to 20 mph with some gusts to 30 mph. This along with clouds will draw in some much cooler temperatures. We’ll see highs mostly in the 60s with a few lower 70s to the southeast. Some will see temperatures drop into the afternoon. This is because as the day goes on, rain chances will increase. We’l see quite a few showers and isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Chances will be greater across the southern half of Nebraska into Northern Kansas. This chances will continue into Wednesday night and early Thursday, although we’ll start to see these showers diminish a bit as we move into Thursday. Clouds are expected to stick around Thursday, but some of the rain will back off for awhile. Chances will be lower. But as Thursday night approaches, the chance for showers will once again increase. These showers will then push across the area from west to east later Thursday night into Friday morning. They should then clear out of Eastern Nebraska Friday afternoon. Thursday will be a much cooler day as highs across the area will mostly range from the mid 50s to the mid 60s. With a little Friday afternoon sunshine, it’ll be a bit warmer with highs ranging from the mid/upper 60s east to the upper 70s/lower 80s west. It will be another breezy day.

Dry conditions with quite a bit of sunshine is then anticipated through the weekend and into early next week. High temperatures on Saturday will be warmer, reaching the upper 70s and low to mid 80s. Another cold front swings through Saturday night, but won’t be as noticeable as tonight’s cold front. No precipitation is expected. But it will be cooler and breezy on Sunday. Highs will be in the upper 60s and low to mid 70s. Monday will just be a touch warmer with highs from the lower 70s east to the upper 70s west. Temperatures will continue to slowly climb through the middle next week. In fact, for the second half of next week, they’ll be back to the low to mid 80s and a bit above average.