Ah, how refreshing the air feels! A new regime is ushering in a cooler and less humid air mass. Lincoln and Beatrice were able to make it into the mid-70s Thursday afternoon. A cool northwest wind slowed the Tri-Cities and locations farther west in the race to the 70-degree mark, those locations only making it into the middle to upper 60s.
Cloud cover has stuck around the Lincoln area for the majority of the day with gradual clearing in western Nebraska. We should hang on to some clouds for the remainder of Thursday evening. Patchy fog is possible overnight Thursday. Lows will drop to around 47 degrees.
Any lingering cloud cover should begin to clear out late Friday afternoon. The air will dry out and feel refreshing for the day on Friday with high temperatures around 64 degrees. Dew point temperatures, a direct measure of the moisture in the air, will tank into the 40s by Friday afternoon. Any dew point above 60 degrees starts to feel a bit steamy, and we’ll be nowhere near that!
Rain chances start to increase Saturday to the west of Lincoln and gradually ramp up as we head towards Memorial Day. The current thinking is that the highest rainfall totals will lie on the Kansas side for Memorial Day, but Lincoln could still squeeze out an inch of rain.
Next week looks warmer, highs will get back up into the 80s by mid-week…
-Meteorologist Malcolm Byron