Lots of rain and a 50-degree temperature swing to follow today’s warm-up

Enjoy today’s summer-like conditions, because a cold front from Canada is expected to bring rain and drop temperatures.

“We’re going into a back-and-forth (weather) pattern, which isn’t unusual in a transitional season like early autumn,” Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said Wednesday. “It’s sort of like what we see in the spring.”

A high of 90 degrees is forecast for today, with winds of 14 to 18 mph gusting as high as 32 mph. Overnight, Pydynowski said, temperatures will drop into the 40s. Thursday’s high likely will be only in the upper 50s.

A wind advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. for southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. Wind gusts as high as 50 MPH is in the forecast.

Pydynowski said a cold front will envelop “just about the whole state of Nebraska” and include western Iowa. “It will be cloudy all day Thursday with a few (rain) showers as well throughout the state,” he said.

The National Weather Service expects showers only between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Meteorologist Katie Gross of the National Weather Service said rainfall totals over the next five days could be anywhere from “1 inch to 3 or 4 inches” in southeast Nebraska and western Iowa.

Friday, Pydynowski said, also will be unsettled, with showers and thunderstorms possible throughout the day.

The temperature Friday is expect to rise into the upper 60s before dropping back into the 50s on Saturday. Pydynowski expects Saturday to be dry, but he is forecasting rain again on Sunday with a high temperature in the mid-50s.

“The forecast calls for more rain on Sunday, especially in the afternoon,” he said. “We’re in a pretty unsettled pattern right now and I don’t see that changing very soon.”

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