The last few days have just been gorgeous! Today will continue the stretch of dry weather, with just slightly cooler temperatures and additional cloud cover. We should still see sunshine, but it may be accompanied by a few more clouds than the last couple of days. Highs this afternoon will top out in the mid 60s. Winds will remain from the east and southeast throughout the day. Tonight stays dry with milder temperatures staying in the mid 50s.
Friday may see some rain and thunder, but it will also feature temperatures back in the 70s. A cold front will be crossing the Plains and out ahead of it we will see the increased cloud cover and chance for showers and storms. Winds will be increasing and it will be a very blustery day! Expect winds from the south and southeast at 10-20 miles per hour with even higher gusts possible. It will not be a washout, but it is a good idea to at least prepare for rain if you are headed out to any of the area events to end the work week. This includes Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls as well as all of the high school football games. Right now it looks like the most favored time for rain will be in the evening and overnight...not the best news for football and polka fans.
The weekend will get better as it goes on. We will start out with some cloud cover and a chance for rain early followed by some sunshine, warm temperatures and then more rain and thunder possible as that front finally moves through the area. Saturday will be the warmest day of the forecast period with highs reaching into the upper 70s. Above average highs is not a phrase we have been able to use much this month, but it will finally be applicable to begin the weekend. This will make for a warm one at Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls and here in Eau Claire for the International Fall Festival. And, you may want to bring along an umbrella or plan to spend some time under the tents if you will be enjoying the outdoor activities.
Much cooler and drier for Sunday with a mix of clouds and sun and temperatures back in the upper 60s. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get outside and enjoy the final official days of summer. Fall begins on Monday evening, but our temperatures will remain comfortable in the upper 60s to 70s with sunshine kicking off another stretch of dry weather into the middle of the week.
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