August 29, 2016 Updated: 12:30 PM
Meteorological summer is winding down but you certainly wouldn't know it looking at our weather forecast! At least we are getting a couple more summer days before the arrival of September. Hope you are able to take advantage.
Temperatures are rising and dewpoints are already in that "sticky" category and will only get worse throughout the day. We can expect a more tropical feeling to the air as those dewpoints rise into the low 70s by afternoon. Along with the moisture in the air, it will be getting warm! Highs this afternoon will be topping out in the middle 80s. So, factor in that humidity and it will feel more like 90°. If you are especially sensitive to the humidity, it will be a cool day to spend some time indoors enjoying the air conditioning. Today's summer weather will be perfect to spend time outside at the pool or beach if you are able. And, if you will be outdoors, keep an eye on the sky. Although most of the day will be dry with the mix of clouds and sun, there is a stray shower chance, especially this afternoon.
A weak front will be approaching from the west, and could bring a few scattered storms to Western Wisconsin mainly tonight as the front actually slides through the area. The front will continue to then move to the south into Tuesday, bringing an end to any rain chances by late morning. Tonight's lows will remain in the 60s under the mostly cloudy sky with occasional showers.
Tomorrow will still be warm for late August, in the low 80s, but a bit more comfortable than today as it will not be quite as humid. Dewpoints will still be in the mid to upper 60s, so "sticky" but not oppressive. The day may start with some showers, but most of the rain will be done by late morning. The rest of the day will see slow clearing and winds shifting back to the northwest. That will signal changes for the rest of the week.
High pressure will then begin to take hold from the north, and will bring a beautiful stretch of weather for the second half of this week, right into the first days of September and the start of meteorological fall. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and comfortable with highs in the mid to upper 70s.. exactly where temperatures should be for the time of year. We will also see dew points dropping down through the 50s and more comfortable weather that will continue for the rest of the week. As the kids head back to school for the start of the new year, the weather looks great! Thursday will be sunny and nice with highs in the mid 70s. The great weather will also carry through Friday, with little change expected.
Going into the holiday weekend the large high will slowly be shifting to our east, allowing for a gradual warm up. Saturday still looks dry with a mainly sunny sky and highs near 80. The next front may then begin to arrive by next Sunday with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm, again with highs near 80.
-Meteorologist Monica Ott