The temperature officially hit 107 degrees in North Platte Tuesday, easily surpassing the old record of 101 degrees for June 26, set in 1963.
The worst temperatures may be over. The National Weather Service in North Platte predicts it will get slightly cooler, with daily temperatures reaching the upper 90s through July 4.
The amount of rain so far this year in North Platte is 70 percent of normal. Only 0.87 inch of rain fell in June at the weather station at Lee Bird Field, compared to the normal June rainfall of 3 inches.
There is not much rain in the forecast -- only a 20 percent chance of rain now and then during through July 4, the weather service said.
It was even hotter Tuesday in nearby cities. Botha Lexington and Imperial recorded 110 degrees, the weather service said. That temperature exeeded the all-time daily high of 103 in Imperial set in 1936.