In the first half of 2018, the weather has seemed to be anything but average, but we may be able to change that as we kick off the second half of the year. Before we get to July's forecast, let's take a look at what we average at Omaha's Eppley Airfield.
The average high temperature for the month is 87 degrees, and we start each day on average at 66 degrees. While that is warmer than June, we tend to see less rain in July, averaging about 3.8 inches.
The Climate Prediction Center's (CPC) outlook for July shows a decent chance of seeing something not too far from average. For rain this July, the CPC has Nebraska and Iowa under an equal chance of seeing above or below average rainfall. In other words, they don't see anything that would greatly influence our rain chances one way or the other.
For temperatures, the CPC says we have a slight chance of seeing above average temperatures in July. Above average temperatures are more likely in the eastern half of the Midwest.
As always, there will be ups and downs through July no matter how we end the month for heat and rain. Already in early July, we've seen days of high heat and humidity, making it feel like the triple digits. The end of this heat wave is already in sight.
A cold front is on track to arrive early Monday morning, July 16th. This will take our above average temperatures and push them below average for a time. The end of the heat wave can be seen in the CPC's 6 to 10 day outlook for July 16-20.
No matter the exact weather July brings, we know there will be plenty of hot weather mixed in. Stay cool and hydrated as best as you can! Don't forget to check on you elderly family members and neighbors when heat waves hit.