Rev up the lawn mower, dust off the patio furniture and fill the swimming pool, because spring finally has sprung in the Midlands.
Mike Piggott, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant, said this week will feature high temperatures that top 80 degrees and, one day, 90.
The warming trend is expected to blanket the entire state of Nebraska and western Iowa, Piggott said.
“There's a large ridge of high pressure that's been sitting in the Southwest part of the country that is moving our way,” Piggott said. “A lot of heat that's been building up in the desert Southwest will be forced eastward.”
Piggott said a high of 82 is expected in Omaha on Monday and — hold on to your sunscreen — a high of 92 degrees on Tuesday. The record high for May 14 in Omaha is 96.
It appears the weather is trying to make up for its unruly behavior this month, which has offered up rain, unseasonable cold and even snow.
Piggott said the average temperature through the first dozen days of May was 7.4 degrees below normal.
“What we'll be getting here finally is some summertime heat without summertime humidity,” Piggott said. “It will be a little humid, but nothing like Nebraskans are used to feeling.”
A cool front that is expected to arrive Tuesday night will bring a chance of thunderstorms, but the newfound warmth should remain through the weekend, he said.
Temperatures are predicted to reach the low 80s on Wednesday before climbing to 87 on Thursday and into the mid-80s Friday.
“I would say this is more typical of the spring that you've been waiting for,” Piggott said. “Even the thunderstorms that are expected to pop up next weekend are more typical for this time of year and shouldn't be anything too severe.”
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