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Severe storms, dangerous heat, and heavy rains possible this weekend

Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 6:23 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in place across the coverage area - including North Platte and Lincoln County until 10 PM Friday evening. A disturbance moving through the area is expected to bring in scattered showers and t’storms with large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain as the primary threats, but an isolated tornado is also possible.

Strong to severe storms are expected Friday evening across the area.
Strong to severe storms are expected Friday evening across the area.(KNOP)

Storms should push west of the coverage area by late Friday and then into the day on Saturday, an upper level ridge will take hold of the weather pattern, leading to very hot and humid conditions to start the weekend. A Heat Advisory is in place across parts of western Nebraska from 12 PM to 8 PM on Saturday.

Highs in the mid to upper 70s with dew points in the 60s to low 70s will lead to heat index values over 100° Saturday afternoon and evening.
Highs in the mid to upper 70s with dew points in the 60s to low 70s will lead to heat index values over 100° Saturday afternoon and evening.(KNOP)

If you’re planning on spending time outdoors Saturday afternoon, please use caution and make sure to drink plenty of water, wear appropriate clothing, take breaks inside in the air conditioning, and please make sure to check on the very old and very young as they are the most susceptible to heat-related illnesses which can set in very quickly with conditions as hot as tomorrow will be.

Actual temperatures are forecast to reach the mid to upper 90s for the viewing area on Saturday and we’ll see another chance Saturday afternoon and evening for some isolated to scattered strong to severe storms across the area as another disturbance passes through the area.

Highs well into the 90s are expected to start the weekend before cooler weather arrives on Sunday.
Highs well into the 90s are expected to start the weekend before cooler weather arrives on Sunday.(KNOP)

As a cold front moves through on Sunday, more showers and storms are possible with a threat for some very heavy rain, though the heaviest rain will likely fall across parts of central and eastern Nebraska. Parts of the coverage area, particularly our southern and southeastern zones could pick up another 0.50″ to 1.50″ of rain on Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.

Cooler weather is then forecast to hang around into early next week with highs on Sunday in the low 80s, highs on Monday in the low 80s, mid 80s for Tuesday, before warming back to the mid and upper 80s and low 90s for Wednesday and beyond.

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