Prolonged Heat

By: Jill Gilardi Email
By: Jill Gilardi Email

Summer goes out with a sizzle through the rest of August Temperatures are forecast to reach the mid to upper 90s starting on Sunday 8/25 and continuing for at least the next 5-7 days. Heat index readings may reach around 100 to the low 100s during this stretch.

Nighttime low temperatures will fall back into the lower to mid 70s and little or no rain is expected during the hot streak. Hot temperatures have been infrequent so far in the summer of 2013. So far this year, Omaha has seen just 20 days reach 90 degrees or warmer (average is 32), with just 4 so far in August (average is 9).

Consecutive hot days also have been rare so far this year. Omaha’s longest streak of days reaching 90 degrees or warmer is 5 days, on July 16-20.

There are many heat related hazards to watch out for during the extended hot period:

1. Dehydration
2. Sunburn
3. Heat Exhaustion or Stroke

What to do:

1. Slow Down
2. Don't Leave Children Or Pets In Cars
3. Drink Plenty Of Non-Alcoholic Fluids
4. Dress For Summer
5. Spend More Time In Air-Conditioned Places

For more safety tips go here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

Normal high this time of year is 84° and temperatures during the last week in August will be closer to record highs in the lower 100's and upper 90's.


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