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Friday Forecast: One more hot day before some relief from the heat!

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 1:58 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2021 at 7:52 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP)- We’ll finish the work week with one more really hot day before we finally see some relief from the heat this weekend and into early next week. We’ll also see what will probably be our best chance for rain over the next week into Friday evening as a disturbance pushes out of Wyoming and combines with a stalled out frontal boundary across the state.

We are anticipating some areas of thick smoke to impact the area into the day on Friday. Unlike the past several weeks, this plume of smoke will be much closer to the surface and could lead to areas of reduced visibility and reduced air quality through the day on Friday. If you’re sensitive to particulates in the air, it’ll probably be a good idea to try and limit your time outside on Friday.

Winds aloft may mix more wildfire smoke to the ground Friday.   Visibility and air quality may...
Winds aloft may mix more wildfire smoke to the ground Friday. Visibility and air quality may be impacted.(KNOP)

As far as temperatures are concerned, we have one more hot day in store for us on Friday with temperatures ranging from the mid 80s to the upper 90s and lower 100s in southwestern Nebraska.

Temperatures on Friday will range from the upper 70s to the upper 90s and lower 100s.
Temperatures on Friday will range from the upper 70s to the upper 90s and lower 100s.(KNOP)

Another round of thunderstorms will be possible into Friday evening as an upper level disturbance moves out of Wyoming and combines with the stalled out frontal boundary. The best chance for severe weather will be across the eastern half of the state, but some parts of western Nebraska are highlighted by a marginal and slight risk for severe weather. A cluster of storms is forecast to develop in the afternoon with storms pushing southeast into the eastern half of the state by Friday night. Large hail, damaging winds, and locally heavy rain will be the primary threats.

While some scattered storms are possible into Thursday evening, we'll see another chance for...
While some scattered storms are possible into Thursday evening, we'll see another chance for storms on Friday with areas of smoke impacting the state as well.(KNOP)

The extended forecast offers some relief from the heat for the weekend and into next week with temperatures settling into the mid and upper 80s. We’ll continue to see some hit and miss chances for showers and storms over the next week, though the best chance for any moisture will likely come over the next day or two.

KNOP WEATHER OUTLOOK 7-30-2021
KNOP WEATHER OUTLOOK 7-30-2021(KNOP WEATHER OUTLOOK 7-30-2021)

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