The National Weather Service’s updated forecast for Wednesday through Friday no longer is calling for temperatures of 100 degrees or higher in the Omaha area. But we’ll be close enough.
“It’s still going to be hot,” Valley-based meteorologist Becky Kern said Tuesday.
The heat index, which factors in the temperature and the humidity, is expected to hit 102 on Wednesday, 104 on Thursday and 106 on Friday.
A couple other factors will make it feel miserable, Kern said: the lack of much wind during the period and the high overnight temperatures in the upper 70s to about 80.
“It’s not going to cool off” at night, she said.
An excessive heat watch is in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.
“People in air conditioning are going to be fine,” she said. But those who don’t have air-conditioned places to stay and workers who must stay outside all day will be feeling the heat.
Early Tuesday, temperatures dropped temporarily as a rainstorm moved through eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Omaha’s Eppley Airfield reported 0.53 of an inch of rain, the Millard Airport reported 0.40, Gretna reported 0.98, the Blair Airport reported 0.78, a Florence resident reported 0.72 and Fremont reported an inch. Council Bluffs had 0.29 of an inch.