Nebraska has a typical Midwestern climate, which means big extremes between the four seasons- hot summers, and cold winters. The western region is drier than eastern side, which tends to be more humid, but temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the entire state.
Summers are reliably hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms that can easily turn violent. Daytime highs between June and August average a tolerable 80°F, but humidity in the 80 to 90 percent range ensure the air feels think and sticky. Nebraska lies within America’s Tornado Alley, receiving an average of 45 twisters every year. These deadly forces of nature arrive in spring and summer as part of severe thunderstorms, so always check the weather forecast if planning outdoor activities.
Winters are harsh on the other end of the spectrum. They are cold and snowy, with average daytime highs barely above 30°F from December to February. At night the air drops well below freezing, and most of the state’s precipitation falls as snow. Blizzards and ice storms are common, so dress warm and in layers.
Best Time to Visit Nebraska
The best time of the year in Nebraska is fall, followed by a brief window of early summer glory. From September through the end of October the weather cools off to a perfect 70°F and rain is infrequent. The blue skies, changing tree colors and harvest crops create a beautiful, happy scene across the state which is the ideal time to get outdoors, catch a local state fairs and enjoy the bounty of the farms.
Late May through early June is also a nice time in Nebraska because the humidity hasn’t kicked in yet. There is a chance of tornadoes, but the temperatures are excellent and the land is bursting green. Hotel rates don’t fluctuate much over the year since Nebraska is not a major tourist destination, but you can often find deals in the spring and winter, when few travelers visit.