Nebraska Annual Temperatures and Records

City

Avg High Temp

Avg Low Temp 

Avg Annual Temp

Avg # days > 90F Avg # days < 32F  Record High Temp Record Low Temp
Grand Island 62.6 38.9 50.8 45 148 117 / 1936 -29 / 1912
Lincoln 62.9 39.5 51.2 42 144 108 / 1990 -33 / 1974
Norfolk 60.1 37.4 48.8 33 155 113 / 1954 -30 / 1989
North Platte  62.5 34.5 48.5 37 176 112 / 1954 -34 / 1983
Omaha 61.7 40.2 51.0 34 139 110 / 1974 -23 / 1982
Scottsbluff 63.0 34.2 48.6 42 174 109 / 1973 -42 / 1989
Valentine 60.8 33.7 47.2 40 176 114 / 1990 -39 / 1989
  • Nebraska annual average temperature- 49.87 degrees, 30th warmest state in the U.S.
  • Record Hottest year in Nebraska - 2012 / Avg temperature 52.48 degrees
  • Record Coldest year in Nebraska - 1933 / Avg temperature 45.99 degrees
  • Nebraska average Summer temperature (June, July, August) 71.8 F degrees,  24th warmest U.S. summer state
  • Nebraska average Winter temperature (December, January, February) 26.7 F degrees, 15th coldest U.S. winter state

Nebraska's Temperature Records

  • Hottest temperature ever recorded: 118 F, Minden, south-central Nebraska, 7/24/1936
  • Coldest temperature ever recorded: -47 F, Camp Clarke, western Nebraska, 2/12/1899
  • Hottest location ranked by highest average annual temperature: Pawnee City, southeast Nebraska, 53.3 F
  • Coldest location ranked by lowest average annual temperature: Harrison, western Nebraska, 44.7 F
  • The record for most consecutive days at Omaha, Nebraska with the high temperature equal or less than 32 F
    is 46 days, set in 1978. The record number of consecutive days with the low temperature equal or less than
    0 F is 29 days, set in 1936.

Mean monthly temperatures across Nebraska, vary from the upper teens to the mid 20s in January to the mid and upper 70s in July. During December, January and February, the northeast has the coldest mean monthly temperatures; from April through September, the panhandle has the coolest mean monthly temperatures.

The average annual number of days with maximum temperatures of 90 F or higher varies from around 70 in portions of south-central Nebraska to fewer than 30 in the higher elevations of the panhandle. Temperatures above 100 F have occurred statewide in the months June through September. The highest temperatures occur in July and sometimes exceed 115 F.

The range for the average annual number of days with minimum temperatures of 0 F or lower decreases from about 25 in the north to 10 in the southeast. Extreme minima of -40 F and lower have been recorded at many locations in the west and north. Although winters in Nebraska are classed as cold, there are usually several periods of mild pleasant weather, when thawing occurs. The number and duration of mid-winter mild intervals increases southwestward across the State.

On rare occasions, light freezes have been noted during June, July and August in the panhandle and north-central areas which are subject to extreme cold air drainage on calm, clear nights.

Nebraska precipitation averages and extremes, precipitation and temperature data for all U.S. states and Top 10 U.S. climate extremes
Data source: National Climatic Data Center