A break in the heat -- and maybe some rain -- is coming to the Omaha metro late this weekend. But until then, Omahans will suffer through three more days with highs likely in the upper 90s.
Brian Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Thursday is likely to be the most miserable of the remaining days due to a surge in humidity.
The last two days of the work week also could bring Omaha its first record highs of the heat wave -- not because the weather is expected to be noticeably hotter, but rather because the existing records on those days are more vulnerable.
The high on each day is forecast to match its record, 98 degrees on Thursday and and 99 degrees on Friday.
(Tuesday's high of 99 degrees fell short of the 103-degree record for that day.)
Saturday night and Sunday bring a slight chance of thunderstorms in the Omaha area.
Come Sunday, temperatures are forecast to drop off considerably. Here what the National Weather Service is forecasting for highs early next week:
• Sunday, 91 degrees
• Monday, Labor Day, 84 degrees
• Tuesday, 86 degrees.
The bad news: by midweek, temperatures are likely to begin climbing back toward the 90s, Smith said.
The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, which issues long-range forecasts, is projecting above-average temperatures through mid-month. But that doesn't doom the region to highs in the upper 90s, Smith said. The average high in Omaha at the end of August is around 83 degrees.
Smith said the Climate Prediction Center is projecting the worst of the heat to be off to the west of Omaha.