Thirty people have been taken to Omaha area emergency rooms this week for heat related problems, and the number could climb, given the suffocating conditions expected this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this afternoon and early evening when the heat index is expected to max out between 103 degrees and 108 degrees. The mercury itself is expected to peak in the upper 90s.
The hospital admissions reflect the extraordinary nature of the persistent heat.
Omaha has matched three records sinced the heat wave began Saturday, Aug. 24 and could do so again today.
Previous records that have been matched:
• Saturday morning an overnight low of 75 degrees matched the record for warmest low on Aug. 24, set in 1912.
• Tuesday morning an overnight low of 76 degrees matched the record for warmest low on Aug. 27, set in 1990 and 1881.
• Thursday, a daytime high of 98 degrees matched the record high for Aug. 29, set in 1948 and 1912.
Rick Chermok, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Valley, said today's record high, 99, is vulnerable to being matched or exceeded.
"We could make a run at 100 today," Chermok said.
Good news is around the corner.
A cool front and a chance of rain are forecast to move in Saturday night.
Rain totals are forecast to be a nominal 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch, but temperatures are expected to drop into the 80s, and may remain there at least through Thursday.