As if the weather hasn’t been bad enough already.
Summer will throw just about everything it can at the region in the days ahead: extreme heat, severe weather and possibly more flooding.
And that follows a week of damaging rain, wind and hail. On Thursday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared a disaster in response to severe weather across the state. Iowa’s Gov. Kim Reynolds issued multiple disaster declarations this month following wave after wave of storms.
The declarations allow the two states to activate resources to help communities, and in Iowa, individuals.
On Friday, the big weather story will be the heat and humidity.
Temperatures are forecast to approach 100 and the heat index could reach up to 105 or more, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service and AccuWeather Inc.
“It’s going to be pretty sticky,” said Scott Dergan of the weather service.
Dergan said some of Friday’s high humidity can be blamed on all the moisture in the region from recent rains, but some of it comes from cornfields. Corn is at a stage of growth where it’s exhaling vast amounts of water into the atmosphere.
The good news is the Missouri River was to peak overnight and begin dropping. That has officials on both sides of the river hoping the worst is over in the metro area. Most riverfront parks are closed because of high water.
“We are prepared if things should change,” said Doug Reed, the emergency management director for Pottawattamie County. “Several agencies from the City of Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County are actively engaged and coordinating preparedness efforts.”
Dergan said the river could rise again in the days ahead because of runoff from storms forecast for Saturday. How much of a flood threat those storms pose will become clearer as the storm system reaches the area.
Sunday is expected to be the most pleasant day for at least a week. Highs in the 80s are forecast.
Next week, the heat returns.
Jordan Root of AccuWeather, said a heat dome will settle over the region, pushing out rain and holding in the sun’s energy.
Highs in the 90s are forecast for much of the week, with lows in the 70s.
“It doesn’t look like there will be much relief for Fourth of July activities,” Root said. “It’s going to be hot.”