More record breaking warmth Wednesday
SIDNEY - Sidney and Scottsbluff broke 92-year-old record high temperatures Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service office in Cheyenne, Sidney's high temperature of 87 degrees broke the previous record of 84 set in 1931. In Scottsbluff, a high of 91 smashed the 1931 record of 86 degrees.
A high of 90 degrees in Alliance broke the 2003 record of 81 degrees.
It was the second-straight day Sidney, Scottsbluff, and Alliance broke daily record high temperatures. Sidney set a new mark for April 11 when the high temperature reached 87 degrees. That broke a 46-year-old record of 83 degrees set in 1977. Alliance topped out at 89, three degrees warmer than the previous record of 86 in 1996. Scottsbluff had a high of 92, beating the 1985 mark of 85 degrees.
The average temperature this time of year is 60 degrees.
Thursday's forecast calls for overcast skies and a high of 80. Winds will be SW at 15 to 25 mph with higher wind gusts possible. A red flag warning is in place Thursday afternoon for the entire Nebraska Panhandle and northeast Colorado.
Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, according to the weather service. Outdoor burning is prohibited.