It wasn't the warmest Memorial Day on record in Lincoln, but it may have been the warmest Memorial Day weekend in the city's history.

The temperature hit 95 degrees Monday afternoon, which was the highest temperature for the holiday in Lincoln since the mercury reached 97 in 2000, according to the National Weather Service in Valley.

However, it's been a lot longer since there's been a Memorial Day weekend this hot.

In 2000, for example, it was 86 on the Sunday before Memorial Day and only 71 on Saturday.

In 2012 and 2006, temperatures were in the 90s on the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day but dipped into the 80s on the holiday itself.

In fact, according to historical records kept by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, this was the first Memorial Day weekend locally with all three days in the 90s since 1971, which was the first year the holiday started being celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Before that, Memorial Day was always observed on May 30, and the all-time high for that date is 104 in 1934.

The hot Memorial Day weekend was part of an unseasonably hot May. Monday marked the sixth day in a row the temperature reached 90 or above in Lincoln. If the city hits 90 on one of the next three days, it will tie for the third-most 90-degree days in the month, according to Ken Dewey, a UNL climatologist.

There were a whopping 13 days in the 90s in May 1934, Dewey said, and eight in 1939.

The average temperature this month of 68.4 degrees as of Sunday ties 1977 as the fourth-warmest May in Lincoln history. The hottest May of all time was 1934.

The National Weather Service's forecast for the rest of the week calls for slightly cooler temperatures that are still well above-average, with predicted highs of 89 for both Tuesday and Wednesday and 93 Thursday. There also are chances of thunderstorms both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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Summer 2018 city desk intern for the Journal Star.

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