Sidney sets record high temperatures for Saturday, Sunday

SIDNEY, NE — It was not just unseasonably warm in Sidney over the weekend. It was warmer than it had ever been in the town for those dates. 

Sidney was one of many towns in the Nebraska Panhandle and southeast Wyoming to set new record highs over the weekend. 

For Saturday, April 3, Sidney reached 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That broke the previous record of 77 set back in 1981. 

Cheyenne, Wyo. also set new record highs on Saturday. Wyoming's capital hit 73 degrees, breaking the old record of 70 that stood since the 1940s. 

Back in the Panhandle, Scottsbluff tied its 100-year-old record high of 81 degrees Saturday. Alliance also tied its record of 79 that was set in 1943. 

Sidney and Cheyenne set record highs again on Sunday, April 4, Sidney measured 83 degrees on Sunday, besting the old mark of 78 degrees set in 2000. 

Cheyenne's record high for April 4, had stood just a little longer than Sidney's. The town hit 75 degrees Sunday, taking down the previous record of 72 degrees set back in 1889 — over 130 years ago. 

Scottsbluff, Alliance and Chadron all set new record highs on Sunday. Scottsbluff old record of 81 set in 1942 fell by the wayside when the town hit 85 degrees. 

Alliance recorded a high of 83, beating the previous record of 78 set in 2000. Chadron's previous record was also 78 degrees set in 2006, but the town set a new mark on Sunday when it reached 82 degrees. 

The warmth won't last too much longer as a cold front makes it way across the area Monday. High temperatures throughout the Panhandle for Tuesday are forecast to be in the 40s.