Omaha Public Radio News
5:35 pm
Tue June 23, 2009

Hot, yes--but not out of the ordinary

Omaha, NE – The National Weather Service says while temperatures in the 90s may be uncomfortable, they're not uncommon this time of year.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for Omaha through Wednesday evening. The NWS issues those when the heat index is projected to reach 115 degrees or higher. The excessive heat warning takes in to account both temperature and humidity.

NWS Valley Meteorologist Josh Bousted says late June through mid-July is the most humid time of the year in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. He says if you must be outside, you should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.

The Salvation Army of Omaha has two cooling centers open. One is in north Omaha, at 2424 Pratt Street. The other is at 4032 Harrison Street in south Omaha.