Record heat has baked the Heartland with temperatures sizzling in the low to mid 90s.
The combination of strong southerly winds and hazy sunshine allowed temperatures to soar Wednesday afternoon.
Omaha set a new record for this date as the temperature climbed to 96° eclipsing the old record of 95° previously set in 1966.
Likewise Lincoln shattered their old record of 96° as the temperature sky-rocketed to 98° this afternoon.
Not only has the weather been unseasonably hot but also quite dry and windy causing an elevated fire threat. Outside burning is not advised as any fire that starts could easily burn out of control.