Omaha set a record for high temperatures for the second straight day Sunday when the thermometer reached 100 degrees just before 3 p.m.
The previous mark of 94 degrees had stood only since 2012, said meteorologist Dave Eastlack of the National Weather Service in Valley. On Saturday, the high of 100 degrees busted a 106-year-old record.
“There was a real strong upper-level ridge sitting over us,” Eastlack said. “Everything was just primed for a real strong warmup.”
The last time Omaha experienced back-to-back days of temperatures 100 degrees or higher was also in 2012, meteorologist Becky Kern of the National Weather Service said. The thermometer topped 100 for four straight days from July 22 to July 25 that year.
The last time Omaha hit 100 degrees on consecutive days in May was May 29-31, 1934, the middle of the Dust Bowl, the weather service said. That summer went on to be the third-driest summer on record.
Sunday’s heat began taking its toll about 10:30 a.m., when paramedics were called to a softball field at Seymour Smith Park for someone suffering from heat exhaustion, according to a Douglas County 911 dispatcher.
Officials in La Vista and Iowa blamed excessive heat for asphalt cracking that occurred near 84th and Harrison Streets and on Interstate 29 in Council Bluffs, near the Nebraska Avenue exit.
Relief from the heat could begin as early as Monday night, when thunderstorms are expected to move in, Eastlack said. The high Monday is predicted to be 96 degrees.
“We are expecting thunderstorm chances Monday night and into Tuesday,” he said. “The temperature Tuesday will be in the upper 80s, and we could be in the mid-80s Wednesday afternoon, with the clouds clearing away.”