Temperatures may reach 80 today; rain in forecast for Thursday

Wednesday afternoon wind gusts. (National Weather Service graphic)
Wednesday afternoon wind gusts. (National Weather Service graphic)

Wednesday will see a beautiful, windy, mostly sunny day with a high near 80 degrees, but look for that to change on Thursday.

Today, a south wind of 13 to 18 mph will increase to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon, and winds could gust as high as 34 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The windy and dry conditions this afternoon means there is an increased chance of fire danger, the weather service said.

A cold front that will visit Nebraska and Iowa this afternoon, causing thunderstorms, will then move into this region tonight, bringing a small risk for hail and strong winds, according to the weather service. There could be some locally heavy rainfall late tonight and early Thursday morning.

After 1 a.m., there is a 90 percent chance of precipitation, with showers and thunderstorms likely, the weather service said. The low Wednesday night will be around 60.

Thursday, there is an 80 percent chance of rain, the weather service said. A north northeast wind will be 8 to 13 mph. The high will be near 68. There could be between a tenth and quarter of an inch of rain, the weather service said.

Thursday night, there will be a 40 percent chance of showers. The low will be around 44.

Friday, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., the weather service said. Skies will be partly sunny with a high near 54. The north wind will be 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Friday night, the low will be around 33.

Saturday, skies will be sunny with a high near 64, the weather service said. Saturday night’s low will be around 44, according to the weather service.

Sunday, the high will be near 67, and Sunday night, the low around 49, the weather service said.

On Monday, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 70, according to the weather service. Monday night, the low will be around 56.

Tuesday’s high will be near 71, the weather service said.

Thunderstorm outlook. (National Weather Service graphic)
Thunderstorm outlook. (National Weather Service graphic)

Rain in the forecast through Thursday. (National Weather Service graphic)
Rain in the forecast through Thursday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Temperatures today in 70s; outdoor fire danger increases

Today’s forecast is sunny with a high near 76, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service also warned residents that there is an elevated fire danger this afternoon.

While temperatures rise into the 70s, relative humidity will drop to slightly below 25 percent, the weather service said. This warm and very dry air will combine with northeast winds around 8 mph to yield a slightly increased risk for wildfires this afternoon, the weather service stated.

Tonight’s low will be 53, and Wednesday’s high will be near 81, the weather service said.

Thunderstorms are back in the forecast for Wednesday night through Saturday, according to the weather service. At this time they appear to be non-severe, but a few strong storms with large hail and gusty winds cannot be completely ruled out in the region, according to the weather service.

Windy, sunny, spring weather ahead today

Afternoon humidity values cause fire risk in region. (National Weather Service graphic)
Afternoon humidity values cause fire risk in region. (National Weather Service graphic)

Today’s forecast is sunny, windy and a high of 72 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The windy weather has led the weather service to warn residents of a potential fire danger this afternoon because of dry conditions and winds. According to the weather service, the greatest fire risk will be north and west of I-35.

A south southwest wind is expected to be 5 to 15 mph today, the weather service said, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Monday night’s low will be around 48, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, expect sunny skies with a high near 77, the weather service said. The wind will be calm to start the day, changing to east northeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning, according to the weather service. Tuesday night’s low will be 53.

Several rounds of thunderstorms are possible Wednesday night through Friday, the weather service said.

The threat of severe weather is marginal at this point for Wednesday night’s activity, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, expect a high of 81 degrees, with southeast winds from 9 to 14 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph, possibly gusting to 29 mph, the weather service said.

Wednesday night, there is an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a low of 54, according to the weather service.

Thursday, the chance of rain and thunderstorms is 30 percent, with a high near 68, the weather service said. Thursday night, the 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms continues, with a low of 44, according to the weather service.

Friday, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain with a high of 54, the weather service said. Friday night, expect a low of 36.

Saturday’s high may be 63, with sunny skies, according to the weather service.