A heat wave has Nebraska in its grip and isn’t letting go anytime soon.
Temperatures return to the upper 90s throughout Nebraska, hitting triple digits in central and western Nebraska.
“Where we’ll see for those areas, North Platte, Grand Island, Hastings, McCook, highs of 100 to 105,” Meteorologist Josh Boustead with the National Weather Service in Valley tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the state.
Boustead explains that an expanding area of high pressure aloft has allowed hot temperatures to build throughout Nebraska, acting as a pressure cooker over the state. Humidity remains high with very little, if any, chance of rain this week; all the factors to create a heat wave.
Now, it’s not unusual for it to get hot in Nebraska in July.
“But, again, what kind of makes this event a little more strenuous is that we’re expecting it for a few days in a row,” according to Boustead.
The excessive heat warning is expected to run through Friday for much of Nebraska. The National Weather Service forecasts highs in the mid-90s in eastern Nebraska Wednesday, running from 98 to 102 in central and western Nebraska.
The weather service doesn’t expect the overnight lows to provide much relief before temperatures soar again on Thursday to between 98 to 102 degrees. Friday is expected to see highs in the 90s in eastern and central Nebraska; in the upper 90s in the western part of the state.
A drop into the lower 90s is predicted for Saturday.
During the heat wave, limit outdoor activity. Drink plenty of water.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports. [:40]