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Looks great today but here comes the heat starting this weekend

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – For the most part, much of the area will experience a calm and fairly pleasant day. Some areas of fog remain in the northern and western portions of the Local4 viewing area. They will gradually clear this morning. Look for partly or mostly sunny skies. High temperatures will range from the upper 70s in the northeast to around 90s in the southwest. Much of the area will have a calm night with lows in the 60s and 60s. There may be a few very isolated showers after midnight, most likely in the Northeast. The vast majority of the area will remain dry.

The heat starts to build up this weekend. Saturday’s high temperatures will be warming into the 90s for most of us with some upper 80s in the Northeast and approaching 100° in southwestern Nebraska. Sunday will also be quite hot from the upper 80s in the northeast to the upper 90s in the southwest. Winds will also be a bit gusty both days at 10 to 20 mph. On Saturday night and more on Saturday night, the possibility of some thunderstorms returns. While any area has a chance, the greatest chance will be in the Northeast, where isolated severe storms are possible. Sunday night there will be a slightly higher chance of thunderstorms as the entire area is included in the risk for severe storms. The best opportunity may be in the western and northwestern parts of the area. The main threats both nights will be hail and damaging winds. Low temperatures on Saturday night will be in the 60s to 70s. The lows on Sunday night will be in the mid-60s to mid-70s.

Monday will be our hottest day of the seven-day forecast with record potential. High temperatures will range from 95° northeast to 105° southwest. With 100 lower in the forecast for the Tri-Cities, all-time highs will be a possibility. It will be one of our windiest days with 15-25 mph winds to provide some relief. On Monday night, temperatures will continue to be very warm. Low temperatures early Tuesday morning could range from the mid 60s in the west/northwest to the 80s in the east. There is a chance of setting some record low warm temperatures. What can prevent that is what happens Tuesday night before midnight when a cold front breaks through. If it happens early enough, that could drop temperatures a bit and prevent those records from being set. As that front passes through Tuesday, highs will range from the lower 80 degrees northwest to around 100 degrees southeast. That front will then trigger some overnight and overnight showers and thunderstorms Tuesday night. That will be our best chance in the next week. The rain could also cool temperatures enough at night to prevent record warm lows.

Mostly dry weather will be present for the next week through the following weekend. We have a brief break from the heat on Wednesday with highs from the mid 70s in the north to the upper 80s in the southeast. Thursday’s highs will return to the middle of the upper 80s and lower 90s. Then the heat will be back by the end of next week and next weekend. The highs will mostly be in the lower 90s and 100s.

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