LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
The sky is mainly cloudy for most with plenty of moisture in the air. It is mild, in the 60s to start to the day and with dewpoints also in the 60s it does feel a bit muggy. Areas of patchy fog are possible early due to all the moisture in the air and light winds.
Most of Western Wisconsin will be treated to dry and nice weather today...but storms return late tonight so we will have to take advantage of the dry weather while we can!
Temperatures will be closer to average today, topping out in the upper 70s to low 80s. Usually for late June we are seeing highs at 82° so this is at least near normal (as compared to the last couple of days when highs have stayed in the low and mid 70s.) Winds will be shifting today, mainly with a west to northwest component blowing at a lighter 5-10 miles per hour. South of Interstate 90 we may see a couple of showers and thunderstorms, and there is a very slight chance that one of these storms may be strong, but again...that is just a very slim possibility. Winds and hail would be concerns if the storms do become strong.
Showers and thunderstorms arrive (again) as early as late tonight, mainly after midnight bringing additional rain to the already soaked ground. For the month of June we are almost an inch and a half above average in terms of precipitation with a total in Eau Claire of more than 5". It doesn't look like we will see much in the rain gauge with the storms overnight, and through the end of the month the rain does look fairly scattered. But, with any thunderstorms...rainfall totals may be higher continuing to add on to the rainfall surplus for the month.
The next weak weather system will combine with an upper trough to the northwest, bringing yet another chance of a few showers and storms to the area tomorrow and into the start of the weekend. This doesn't look to be very significant and chances have actually come down some from what it looked like the last few days. Still, chances appear to be highest on Friday with clouds and sunshine and those scattered showers and storms. The upper trough will remain in the area Saturday with an afternoon shower or storm possible, while highs both days will be in the mid 70s. If you have outdoor plans this weekend, at this point much of Saturday does look dry, while Sunday should be a fairly nice day with a partly to mostly sunny sky and highs in the upper 70s.
We will be heading into the holiday week with mostly dry weather but will have to watch for a slight chance of a shower or storm on Monday. This will be with another weak system that will primarily stay to our south, leading to a partly sunny sky and highs close to 80. The forecast for Independence Day continues to look dry with a mostly sunny sky and highs finally returning to around average, in the low 80s. Great news (at least at this point) for all the picnics, parades and fireworks displays slated for Tuesday. But, as always...that forecast may change so stay tuned!