Hot, muggy weather continued Saturday, but a reprieve is coming thanks to potential storms and rain Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
An excessive heat warning has been issued for the metro area until 10 p.m. Saturday, when rain is likely to move in. Thunderstorms also are possible across eastern Nebraska, mostly north of Interstate 80.
Saturday afternoon's high was expected to reach the low to mid-90s, with a heat index from 100 to 110 degrees. The temperatures should drop to the mid-70s by midnight Saturday because of an expected three-quarters of an inch of rain.
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Sunday should break a nine-day string of temperatures hitting 90 degrees or higher, with a forecast afternoon high of only 79 degrees.
High temperatures are expected to be in the 80s Monday through Thursday.
Several CHI Health, Methodist and Nebraska Medicine hospitals have seen patients arrive in emergency rooms with heat-related complaints.
A Nebraska Medical Center spokeswoman said the hospital had treated 12 people for heat-related conditions as of Friday afternoon.
Since the current heat wave started, roughly 30 patients have been treated for signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke at six CHI emergency departments, a spokeswoman said Friday.