Fans and players heading out to today's afternoon and evening high school football games should be prepared for hot, but not suffocating weather.
Rick Chermok, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said humidity shouldn't be too much of a problem and winds will create enough of a breeze to provide some relief.
Conditions should feel fairly close to the temperature, he said.
"It will definitely be on the hot side," he said.
Games begin as early as 4 p.m., which is about the time that each day's heat peaks at this time of year.
Chermok provided these estimates of temperatures in Lincoln and Omaha:
• 4-5 p.m., mid-90s.
• 7 p.m., low 90s.
• 8 p.m., upper 80s
• 9 p.m., mid 80s.
The latest game day forecast from AccuWeather Inc., calls for a high of 96 degrees in Lincoln on Saturday.
Paul Walker, meteorologist for AccuWeather, The World-Herald's private weather consultant, said temperatures are likely to peak at about the time fans begin filtering into the stadium. When gates open at 3:30 p.m. the heat could feel like 100 degrees to 103 degrees, he said. That will be when the sun is highest in the sky.
He expects Saturday to be humid, but not sultry.
By kickoff at 5 p.m., temperatures will have dropped a degree or two, and the "feel" of the weather will be noticeably better, he said. The mercury could be around 94 degrees and because the sun will have dropped lower in the sky, the air could feel the same as the temperature, he said. Conditions will continue to improve as the sun sets, and the temperature and feel of the air could be round 86 degrees by 7:30 p.m., he said.
Because of the heat, the University of Nebraska Lincoln is relaxing its policy on water bottles and will allow each fan to bring in two 20-ounce commercial bottles of water. The university is cautioning that the surrounding concrete and body heat from tens of thousands of fans will elevate heat inside the stadium.
This weekend's hot weather is expected to be short-lived and could be followed by rain.
Walker said the Omaha metro can expect highs in the mid 90s today through Monday.
An arriving cold front on Tuesday should drop temperatures into the 80s and bring with it a chance for rain, he said. There's also a slight chance for rain Saturday night.
Even with the cold front, temperatures will be warmer than average midweek, he said. Tuesday through Thursday could see highs in the mid to upper 80s, he said. The average high for early next week in Omaha is 81 degrees.