OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Plenty of sunshine across the area today helping to warm temperatures up into the low 90s across the area. A few clouds bubbling up across the region this afternoon, but conditions will stay dry through the evening. Heat index readings have been in the 95 to 98 degree range thanks to higher humidity. Temperatures will be slow to cool off this evening and overnight, still hanging on to the 80s through Midnight. We should see lows in the middle 70s, making for a warm and humid start on Monday. A few storms are possible across northern Nebraska and southern South Dakota, but any rain should stay well north of the metro.
A few more clouds are expected on Monday and Tuesday, some low level moisture spinning around the remnant circulation of Barry will help to spread those clouds our way. This will help to keep temperatures in check just a bit to start the work week. Highs on Monday and Tuesday in the 90 to 92 degree range. There is also a slight chance for a few storms Tuesday and then again Wednesday morning, mainly north of the metro.
By Wednesday, the heat really starts to build across our area, with highs climbing into the middle 90s and heat index readings pushing into the 100 to 105 degree range. Temperatures continue to climb through the end of the week, with Thursday and Friday likely the warmest. Highs likely in the upper 90s with heat index readings in the 105 to 110 degree range. Remember that the effect of extreme heat on the body is cumulative. The long stretch of above normal heat will increase the risk for heat illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, so appropriate precautions should be taken to keep yourself cool and hydrated over the next week.