Wave goodbye to the heat wave.
A nine-day run of heat almost certainly will break Sunday.
That pleased Jaci Pettie of Council Bluffs who, despite hating the heat, was in Council Bluffs' Bayliss Park on Saturday, the last day of August, with three grandchildren.
“We're just playin' in the park,” Pettie said as her grandchildren sat atop a low wall on the east side of the park. “Oh, it's way too hot.”
When asked how hot it was, one of those grandchildren, 4-year-old Jessa Johnston, held her arms out wide and said: “This hot.”
Tom Kines, a meteorologist with The World-Herald's weather consultant, AccuWeather, said the entire region, from western Iowa across Nebraska, should enjoy considerable relief beginning Sunday. Kines expects most of the region to bask in the 80s Sunday and Monday.
Saturday marked the ninth straight day of at least 90-degree temperatures in the Omaha area, Kines said. Six in a row were 95 or higher, excluding Saturday, which was close to 95.
Jim Meyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, said the Omaha area tied record highs of 99 on Thursday and Friday.
Not that hot weather ever stopped Midlanders.
Football fans in Lincoln for Nebraska's season opener Saturday night apparently prepared well for the heat.
By the second quarter, officials had treated far fewer fans — about 40 — for heat-related illness than at the same point at last season's home opener, campus police said. Last year, more than 100 were treated by halftime and more than 300 overall.
Michael Darnielli didn't mind the heat at Memorial Stadium.
Darnielli, an Australia native, said the weather for his first Husker game was identical to the weather back home. Besides, he was far too distracted by the sea of red.
“Our stadiums in Australia aren't nearly this big,” he said. “And you'll never see such a huge community of loyalty to a team.”
Earlier Saturday in Council Bluffs, as Jim Boston played the piano in Bayliss Park, sweat popped out on his arms and coated his forehead.
“And I've been wiping my brow and my eyes with a lot of tissues,” Boston said after pounding out “Hello My Baby” on the outdoor piano, one of about 10 placed in the metro area by the Omaha Creative Institute. The Play Me, I'm Yours piano project celebrates art through the decoration of the pianos, and music through the pianos themselves.
Boston, a competitive ragtime pianist from Omaha, helped come up with the idea of putting decorative pianos in parks and other public spots around the area. He has played several of them and intends to perform on more over the holiday weekend.
Boston looked hot but unfazed. He wore a short-sleeve shirt with an ocean scene on it and black slacks. He had an audience of two at one point Saturday afternoon.
One of those, Craig Griffis of Council Bluffs, clapped when Boston finished a tune.
“I'm almost wondering if I've seen him play somewhere,” Griffis said.
Tennis players occupied only two courts early Saturday afternoon at the Dewey Tennis Center in Omaha.
Mark Forster played with his 9-year-old son, Gavin, on one of the clay courts at the complex. “Beautiful day out here, isn't it?” the father said. Apparently he meant it.
“What do you think, Gavin?” Forster asked.
“Yep,” Gavin said.
They took a Gatorade break, then went back onto the court. One rally went on and on before the boy won the point.
Then his father said: “I think it's hotter out here than I thought it was.”
World-Herald staff writer Anna Gronewold contributed to this report.