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Summer’s Last Holiday Weekend...A Hot One

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 8:44 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The last holiday weekend of Summer will certainly reflect the season with temperatures soaring into the upper 90s and lower 100s both Saturday and Sunday. Coupled with south to southwesterly winds gusting to 30 mph and the dry tinder already in place, there will be a critical fire danger with Red Flag Warnings posted in the Panhandle to the Eastern Sandhills for the risk of rapidly spreading wildfires.

Highs approaching the 100s with breezy conditions present a fire danger.
Highs approaching the 100s with breezy conditions present a fire danger.(knop)

Wholesale changes will come to our weather early next week. A weak front will push through the region on Labor Day, cooling afternoon temperatures into the 70s but for most areas the day should be dry for your holiday plans. A second, much stronger front will drop south Monday evening, ushering in much colder Canadian air. Showers and a few thunderstorms will first develop in Northern Nebraska in the afternoon, with widespread precipitation spreading south with the front through Monday evening and overnight. The rain will continue Tuesday with some areas of the Panhandle seeing some snow mixing in during the morning. Daytime highs on Tuesday will be over 50 degree cooler than on Sunday, with the thermometer only managing a climb into the 40s, and it will windy, blustery conditions making it freel like the 30s. Actual morning lows, Tuesday through Thursday, will fall into the 30s and even drop as low as the upper 20s for parts of the Panhandle by Wednesday morning. Most of the precipitation should have exited the region by then.

Strong Front brings rain, wind, and a 50 degree drop from Sunday's high temps.
Strong Front brings rain, wind, and a 50 degree drop from Sunday's high temps.(KNOP)

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