Relief from the heat is in sight — but not for long.
The Omaha area will see a cooldown today through Tuesday. With highs dropping to the mid- to low 80s early this week, there will be a slight chance of rain, said Rick Chermok, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Valley.
“There's no really good, solid chance of rain, only intermittent chances Sunday,” he said.
Due to the hot and dry conditions of the past week, Chermok said, the region extending from Beatrice to Falls City is experiencing “a moderate drought.''
But it isn't all bad news.
“One positive is that it hasn't been oppressively humid, even though it's been quite hot,” Chermok said.
Temperatures in the Omaha area are forecast to start climbing again on Wednesday and reach 90 by the end of the week.
Susan Eustice, spokeswoman for the Salvation Army in Omaha, said the organization has been gearing up for hot weather.
“Our summer fan program begins Monday,” Eustice said of the annual program that provides free fans to the elderly and those with disabilities.
Last summer, the Salvation Army donated 1,050 fans to help Omahans combat the heat.
The group also is preparing to open cooling centers at several locations. Eustice said the cooling centers will open when temperatures are in the 90s for three consecutive days.