The heat is on for the southwest and southern plains states this week. Those regions will be enduring more sweltering heat, with afternoon highs approaching or exceeding 100 degrees, which is about 10 to 15 degrees above normal. As the heat dome continues to sit out west, it remains far enough to our south that the Heartland region catches a break from the extreme summer heat.
That will allow a couple of systems to move across Nebraska and Iowa the next couple of days bringing an increased chance for showers and storms Wednesday and Thursday.
A couple of severe thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday as a strong upper-level storm system moves through the region. The main threat will be wind, hail and heavy rain.
Projected rain totals from this event will range from a half inch to over an inch and a half in some locations. These amounts will fluctuate over the next couple days, so keep checking back for more updates.