It might be a heat wave, but a climatologist with the University of Nebraska says it’s not unusual.
Ken Dewey, who works on the Lincoln campus, says this is normally the hottest time of the year in Nebraska.
“And, in fact, as we approach this coming Monday, July 25th, it’s the all-time record high. We’re not going to go near there. But, the all-time record high on July 25 is 115,” Dewey tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
An excessive heat warning for central and eastern Nebraska has been issued by the National Weather Service. A heat advisory has been issued for western Nebraska.
Highs today are expected to range between 97 and 105. Similar temperatures are expected tomorrow. Relief should come to the state Saturday.
The heat wave hit Nebraska Wednesday. It will remain in the state until it breaks and the highs return to normal on Saturday.
“But, we’ll return to normal. And let’s keep in mind, the normal high is 89. So, if it’s 90 degrees, that’s pretty close to normal,” according to Dewey. “So, the uniqueness of this is we’ve not really had the oppressive heat and humidity that we’re going to have the next few days.”
Dewey points out Nebraskans are accustom to hot summers and says he isn’t sure why Nebraskans aren’t used to it.
“I wonder why. Again, I sit here, why is everybody thinking this is so hot? And I think this summer what’s bothering everybody is the heat has had a lot of humidity with it,” Dewey says.