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Above average temperatures continue through Thursday

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 2:35 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - As a surface trough extends across western Nebraska, isolated thunderstorm development is possible Sunday evening. However, the threat of these storms does remain fairly low and if they do form, the severity will be low. Once that trough passes through, dew point temperatures will decrease reaching values in the 40s and 50s for the Sandhills and southwestern Nebraska. Regions of the eastern panhandle and northern portions of the Sandhills have the best chances for precipitation Sunday evening. 

Smoke from the wildfires to the west of us will continue to create hazy conditions for our region through at least Monday (see photo below). If you are sensitive to changes in air quality or have respiratory issues, then you may want to avoid the outdoors. 

Hazy skies continue through at least Monday from the wildfires.
Hazy skies continue through at least Monday from the wildfires.(Jessica Raney)

An upper-level ridge is currently centered over the four corners which will continue to build northward Sunday night through Monday.  The beginning of our workweek will be filled with more hot temperatures that will last through most of the week.  Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 90s through Thursday due to this ridge sitting over us. Mostly sunny skies will be seen all week giving us little relief from direct sunlight/ the heat. Be sure to hydrate and wear light-colored clothing if you do have to work outside in the heat. Normal August highs are in the mid 80s putting us almost 10 degrees above our average this week. 

If you are not loving the heat, then do not worry because on Thursday a cold front will move south from the Dakotas into Nebraska. Come Friday we will finally see temperatures begin to cool off into the 80s which will last through the weekend. Along with this cooler weather, precipitation chances will also increase as our southerly winds will bring substantial amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. 

Above average temperatures will continue through Thursday. We are about ten degrees hotter than...
Above average temperatures will continue through Thursday. We are about ten degrees hotter than average. A cold front will move through Thursday night giving us cooler temperatures on Friday.(Jessica Raney)

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