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Hot, Sultry...And Possibly Stormy Weekend..

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 8:13 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -An upper level ridge will park itself over the Western Plains over the weekend, allowing us to bake in 90 degree heat both Saturday and Sunday. It appears the the warmer temperatures will be in the southwest on Saturday, where the mercury will sore into the mid and upper 90s with upper 80s and lower 90s in the Northern Sandhills where a cold front will drape itself.

Warmest temperatures in the southwest, mid to upper 90s.
Warmest temperatures in the southwest, mid to upper 90s.(knop)

Warm air in the mid levels of the atmosphere will keep a lid on thunderstorms over much of the region during the afternoon, but an upper level wave will provide the trigger along with the cold front to overcome the ‘cap’ enabling storms to fire over the Panhandle and Northern Sandhills mid afternoon, with storm spreading through the Central Sandhills toward the I-80 corridor through the late evening. Thunderstorm clusters will mature and push to the east, posing a threat for mostly damaging winds.

Storms that develop during the afternoon and evening could produce damaging winds.
Storms that develop during the afternoon and evening could produce damaging winds.(knop)

You’ll want to keep that water bottle nearby on Sunday as temperatures again build into the mid to upper 90s . Yet another front could trigger additional thunderstorms during the evening hours. Looking ahead into next week, our weather pattern changes to a cooler, more comfortable one with isolated to scattered thunderstorms possible each day through the middle part of the week.

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