Summer is truly here. On the calendar and the thermometer.
The pools and splash parks are full, the area's lakes and rivers are swelling with visitors, and high temperatures have started to climb.
Bob Schmidt spent Saturday at the Papio Bay Aquatic Center with family members, including Jamie Griger, 5, who is learning how to swim.
“It's my first time at the pool this summer,” Schmidt said. “It's hotter than heck out.”
“But it's fun,” Jamie said, beaming.
But maybe not so fun if you're not at the pool.
Sunday's cloudy skies offered a cool-down, with temperatures peaking at 81 in Omaha. But the heat will return for the rest of the week, with high temperatures in the low to mid-90s forecast through Thursday.
And, yes, you'll have to keep wading through that sticky soup.
“You'll certainly feel that humidity out there,” said Andy Mussoline, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc., The World-Herald's weather consultant. “That will persist much of this week.”
Mussoline said a shift in the weather pattern will bring an end to the area's high humidity by the weekend.
Though the dreaded mix of heat and humidity won't be exactly pleasant, high temperatures should fall short of record-breaking this week. According to National Weather Service data, average highs this time of June are around 85 to 86 degrees, making this week's temperatures 5 to 10 degrees higher than normal. Hot as it will be, though, it will still be shy of record highs in the low 100s.
The hotter-than-normal start to summer follows a cooler-than-normal spring. March and April average temperatures this year were 34 and 47 degrees, about 4 to 5 degrees lower than the historical average.
The best chance of rain will be early this week. Clusters of thunderstorms were expected to develop this afternoon into late in the day, bringing a 60 percent chance of storms for the Omaha area, according to AccuWeather.
The National Weather Service said Omaha has another shot of rain Thursday. AccuWeather expected the precipitation to slide farther north, hitting eastern Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin instead.
So basically, it will be hot. So stay indoors. Lounge at the pool. Or maybe hit the lake.
At Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs over the weekend, people sunbathed and downed bottles of beer while gathering in a cluster of boats anchored in an area that some called the “party cove.”
It was hard for Jessy Lopez to leave: He couldn't get back to shore. After Lopez's boat engine overheated and began smoking, he was forced to pull out two wooden paddles.
As he paddled from the left side of the boat, he said: “I guess I'm just happy to be out here. ... This weather. It's been crazy.”
World-Herald staff writer Susan Szalewski contributed to this report.