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Heat wave, but not for long, experts say

Heat wave, but not for long, experts say

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Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Thursday is forecasted to be even warmer than Wednesday, with a high of 71 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.

“What’s interesting about the temperatures down in (southeast Nebraska) is that they’re in the upper 50s, but if you’re straight north near Sioux City, temperatures are still in the mid-30s,” said Corey Mead, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Omaha office, on Wednesday afternoon. “That type of trend will continue in through the day tomorrow (Thursday).”

Temperatures in Beatrice will reach highs in the upper-60s on Friday and Saturday and mid-50s on Sunday, the National Weather Service predicts. Southeast Nebraska will cool down again next week.

“We will see a cool front moving into the area,” Mead said. “By Monday, we’ll transition back to more seasonal temperatures with high temps in the mid- to upper-40s.”

The service forecasts lows in the upper-20s early next week and a slight chance of rain and snow Monday night and Tuesday. Mead said the weather forecasted for next week is what’s expected of this region at this time of year.

Wednesday reached 58 degrees in Beatrice.

“What helped you folks out down there is you don’t have any clouds down there today and you don’t have any snow,” Mead said. “Those two things help out.”

Warmer temperatures starting on Thursday are attributed to warm winds drawn into the area from the Southwest.

Looking past the next 10 days, Mead said it’s nearly impossible to predict the weather of specific days, but he said he is sure there will be more snow this spring.

An associate state climatologist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said there is a good possibility of flooding in Nebraska this spring.

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