Saturday & Sunday are First Alert Days - Excessive heat and storms expected this weekend

Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 9:44 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2020 at 11:09 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Saturday & Sunday have been declared First Alert Weather Days.

A Heat Advisory is in effect for much of eastern Nebraska into western Iowa, including the Omaha metro, from 12pm to 8pm today.

Heat Advisory Saturday
Heat Advisory Saturday(WOWT)

High temperatures this afternoon near 95 coupled with high dew points in the 70s will make for a dangerous combo of heat and humidity Saturday afternoon. Heat index values in the 105 to 110 degree range are expected for the afternoon and evening hours. Overnight lows won’t offer much relief either as they’ll cool into the upper 70s at best. Sunday will have a few more clouds which may keep temperatures a few degrees cooler, but still the heat index to reach the 100 to 108 degree range by early afternoon.

First Alert Days for Saturday and Sunday
First Alert Days for Saturday and Sunday(WOWT)

A cold front will bring a chance for thunderstorms by Sunday evening and overnight. A few storms could produce some strong wind gusts or small hail, but the main risk will be heavy rainfall. 1 to as much as 3 inches of rain is likely from slow moving thunderstorms. The heaviest rain will likely fall across southeast Nebraska into southern Iowa, affecting areas mainly south of I-80. The cold front and storms will bring relief from the heat for the start of the work week.

Avoiding heat related injuries is easy. Here are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Take frequent breaks to keep yourself cool. Avoid working or playing outside during the hottest parts of the day which is approximately between noon and 5pm right now. Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing to help with air circulation and deflecting some of the heat away from your clothes.

Heat Dangers
Heat Dangers(WOWT)

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