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High temperatures in record territory

Lincoln saw its first day of 80th of the year on Tuesday and we may see our first day of 90th on Wednesday. We expect highs in the 80s to near 90s on Wednesday afternoon.

Not surprisingly, these temperatures are unusually warm. In fact, they are very close to the record values. Wednesday’s record is 91st at Lincoln, set last year. Thursday’s record is 89° in 1936. Our predicted high of 90° would beat that record.

The southerly wind picks up Wednesday as well, with sustained wind speeds anywhere from 20-30 mph during the afternoon. The wind is responsible for temperatures approaching 90°, which will also lower the relative humidity. The combination of dry air and high winds will once again allow for dangerous fire weather conditions.

We’ve already seen several wildfires start in the last few days across the state. Fires can easily ignite and spread quickly on a day like this. Because of this, a red flag alert is in place for all of central and eastern Nebraska on Wednesday.

We are expecting much the same Thursday, with warm and windy conditions. The pattern begins to change on Friday as a cold front approaches. We could see a storm developing as the front approaches, with some showers persisting into Saturday. This will set us up for an overall cooler weekend, with highs in the 50s and 60s.

Meteorologist Malcolm Byron

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