LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
*A SUMMERY STRETCH RIGHT THROUGH THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND*
The sky is mostly clear tonight and it remains on the muggy side. We saw dew points climb into the lower 60's, and this added moisture will keep temperatures from dropping much overnight. Lows will be in the low-mid 60's and though a stray shower or storm is possible, chances are best up in northern areas.
Temperatures and humidity will be on the rise Thursday, with increasing southerly breezes. It's going to feel like summer with highs well in the 80's. A few scattered showers and storms are possible by later afternoon and early evening, again favoring northern areas. It will feel quite uncomfortable with moderate levels of humidity. A warm front will be located to our west, part of a low pressure system in the Northern Plains. This system will be heading east, bringing an increased chance for some rain by Friday. A few scattered showers and storms are possible tomorrow night, while the warm front slides through by early Friday. A cold front will then follow, and this could lead to a few strong to severe storms in the area. Conditions won't be favorable for widespread activity, but any storms that form could produce heavy rainfall, large hail and gusty winds. Currently the best timing would be late afternoon and evening, favoring our eastern areas. The northern half of the state is running below average with rainfall this month, and Eau Claire is currently short just over an inch from average, so we could use some, especially with all the very warm weather in the forecast.
Once this front passes, the chance for storms will end, leading us into the holiday weekend with the return of dry weather. Dew points will be dropping just a bit , but temperatures will remain well above average and we could be looking at our first 90 degree temperatures of the year. It will be a great weekend to visit our area lakes and waterways for the first time this season. Saturday and Sunday will both feature plenty of sunshine and it will be hot, with highs around 90. The heat will continue into Memorial Day, though it should be a few degrees cooler, again with a mostly sunny sky.
Forecast models are hinting at gradual cooling next week, as a backdoor cold front may sneak down from the northeast. Even if this happens, it looks to remain well above average with a continuation of 80's into the midweek. Any rain chances continue to look pretty low until about next Wednesday, when the next front is forecast to arrive in the area.