Extreme heat expected to break Saturday evening
The heat keeps steaming the metro but take heart - there's some relief on the way.
forecast calls for Saturday to remain in the grip of an Excessive Heat Warning for the metro, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa with highs in the mid to upper 90s but a cold front is due Saturday evening.
Heat indices reached into the triple digits for the third day on Friday, and the National Weather Service says more of the same is on tap for the two states Saturday. The service says a cold front is set to move into Nebraska later Saturday night and into Iowa early Sunday that will also bring rain.
The heat has led to the opening of several cooling centers in Nebraska and Iowa communities. In Omaha, The Salvation Army will open its Kroc Center in the southwestern part of the city starting at 8 a.m.
Across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, the American Red Cross is opening another cooling center at the Salem Baptist Church. Cooling center also will be open in Des Moines and Cedar Falls in Iowa.
The hot misery is covering a good portion of the nation this weekend. The National Weather Service is warning a large swath of the U.S. of hot weather including dangerously high temperatures across the East and Midwest that can threaten the elderly and young children.
Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and high humidity are expected in many places Saturday and Sunday. Experts are urging people to limit their time outside and drink lots of water.
Cities in Vermont and New Hampshire are opening shelters where people can cool off.
Some power outages have been reported in Philadelphia and after storms in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
The heat didn't stop Jeffrey Glickman from going for a run Saturday in Washington. He called the weather "brutal" and says he's not going as far as usual but "tried to get out early before it gets too hot."
One more day of heat and humidity is forecast for portions of eastern NE and southwest IA. A cold front will push through the area later today and tonight, ushering cooler and drier air into the region along with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. pic.twitter.com/6CTNGtNXSZ— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) July 20, 2019
Good news everyone!— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) July 20, 2019
The Tstorms in S Dakota this morn have sped up our anticipated cold front. It's pushing through the Norfolk area now... may arrive in Omaha this afternoon. (Instead of midnight!)
The coolest / driest air behind it will be most noticeable Sunday. #NEwx