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Wednesday Forecast: Our “muddy” middle-of-May continues

Published: May. 18, 2021 at 4:24 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 12:25 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Forecasting shower-and-thunderstorm “chances” across our area is a pretty easy call these days...the timing and placement of those rain chances a little bit more difficult...

The upper-level low pressure system responsible for our gloomy and wet weather pattern of the past few days will be coming out of the desert southwest in two pieces over the next 48 hours...giving the region additional shower and thunderstorm chances on both Wednesday and Thursday. Somewhat drier conditions and some partial sunshine are then anticipated for the end of the week and weekend as southerly winds increase and temperatures rise into the 80s. Make no mistake...there will still be a CHANCE for showers and scattered thunderstorms on Friday...Saturday and Sunday...but the “precipitation percentages” are smaller than they have been...and we would expect to see some significant periods of the weekend ending up rain-free.

High temperatures across Nebraska Wednesday afternoon will mainly be in the 70s.
High temperatures across Nebraska Wednesday afternoon will mainly be in the 70s.(1011 Weather Team)
Humid conditions expected over the next 6 days in the Lincoln area.
Humid conditions expected over the next 6 days in the Lincoln area.(1011 Weather Team)

As our rain chances shrink up a bit over the weekend...humidity levels will be on the rise as dew points climb into the mid-and-upper 60s over the weekend...giving us our first real shot of “muggy” weather. Winds will be increasing as well...as a south-southeasterly breeze of 15-to-25 mph with gusts to 30 or 35 mph can be expected for much of the weekend. While “isolated” severe thunderstorms are certainly possible with this pattern...widespread severe weather chances appear “minimal” at this time.

Warmer temperatures expected into the weekend with more sunshine and smaller chances for rain.
Warmer temperatures expected into the weekend with more sunshine and smaller chances for rain.

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