Critical Fire Weather Conditions Today (Monday); Rain Chances Increase Later This Week

The National Weather Service in North Platte is urging caution as low humidity and record high temperatures will create conditions favorable for fires.

Record high temperatures are expected in the north part of the state as well as southwest Nebraska and into the panhandle. The lowest relative humidity will be in the southwest and all of the panhandle, but will also extend east across the central part of the state. Wind gusts of 10-20 MPH will also make fire conditions more favorable.

The short heat spell and dry conditions will be short for central and eastern Nebraska as a cold front will move southeast through western Nebraska into the central part of the state beginning late Tuesday. Rainfall amounts could be higher in areas east of Highway 83 with the most significant rainfall amounts of an inch or more possible Wednesday into Thursday morning. Some showers may continue through Friday.