The sweltering temperatures the Nebraska Panhandle endured are spreading eastward across the state and into Iowa.
The National Weather Service issued heat warnings and advisories for much of southeast Nebraska and Iowa Wednesday as temperatures neared 100.
In western Nebraska, people in Sidney and Scottsbluff could look forward to some mild relief with temperatures in the 90s after several days above 100.
The heat takes a toll on people who work outside like ranchers, farmers and construction workers.
At Crossroads Coop in Sidney, workers are being rotated out of jobs unloading wheat trucks often because of the heat.
Virg Schumacher says it's hard to keep workers going all day in the heat.
Schumacher said he doesn't remember any wheat harvest this early in his 36 years with the coop.
The 10/11 Weather Team is predicting temperatures around the triple digit mark for much of the viewing area Wednesday. The current record for Lincoln on June 27 is 104 degrees, that record was set back in 1934. Meteorologist Brad Anderson says it's possible that the existing record could be tied or broken Wednesday.
Anderson advises those who will be working outdoors in the heat to stay hydrated and find shade while possible. Anderson says the very young and elderly are especially susceptible to the heat. He adds not to forget about pets, who can also suffer health-related concerns.
Mayor Chris Beutler urged residents to continue to take steps to protect themselves during the high temperatures. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory effective until 9 p.m. tonight.
The Mayor thanked the local chapter of the American Red Cross for providing staff to keep the Belmont Community Center, 1234 Judson, open until 9 p.m. tonight. The Center normally closes at 7 p.m. Red Cross staff also will assist at the “F” Street Community Center, 1225 “F” Street, until its usual weekday closing time of 9 p.m.
The Salvation Army Community Center, 2625 Potter Street, also will be open until 9 p.m. tonight.
Those without air conditioning also can cool off during regular hours at senior centers, libraries and other recreation centers. Hours for City facilities can be found at lincoln.ne.gov.
Information on local weather, the heat index and safety precautions is available at the NWS Web site www.weather.gov. More health information can be found at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.
Brad Anderson's Forecast
TODAY: Mostly sunny, hot and breezy. Highs in the upper 90s to around 103. Heat index values 100 to 110 possible in the afternoon. Southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.
TONIGHT Mostly clear and still mild. Lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. Southwest winds at 5 to 15 mph.
THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and still hot. Highs in the mid 90s to around 100. Heat index values of 100 to 105 possible in the afternoon. Southwest winds at 5 to 15 mph.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance of thunderstorms. Still hot. Highs in the lower to mid 90s.