June 24, 2016 Updated: 3:50 PM
A warm and humid day to finish the work week with highs this afternoon in the low 80's across the region. A few increased clouds tonight with lows in the 60's for most locations. Even warmer for Saturday but the bigger concern is for severe weather during the evening hours.
Highs this afternoon were near average in the low 80's but when you factor in dew points in the 60's and all of that sunshine it feels a little warmer and more humid. We'll see a few increased clouds tonight but temperatures will stay mild in the 60's across western Wisconsin.
Both days this weekend will be very summer-like with higher temperatures and humidity. Saturday will quickly warm with a south and southwest flow. This will bring some breezes our way, along with added moisture and dew points that look to top out around 70 by later afternoon. This type of humidity is what we consider to feel "tropical" and close to "oppressive" in terms of being that "air you can wear". Unfortunately, if you have outdoor plans through the day, you will also have to pay attention to the sky, with a developing severe storm threat. A stray shower or storm will be possible early on, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds is expected. The approach of a cold front into the afternoon will begin to spark storms to our west. Chances will quickly increase by late afternoon and evening, when numerous storms are expected, some turning severe. The greatest threats look to be large hail and damaging winds, though an isolated tornado will be possible. Also plenty of heavy rain, so localized flooding will also be a concern. Temperatures will top out in the mid to upper 80s tomorrow afternoon. Any storms will gradually wind down into the night, while drier air returns by early Sunday. The remainder of the weekend will be much quieter with low pressure passing to our north and brisk westerly winds expected. It will be sunny and still plenty warm with highs in the mid 80s, but less humid.
Once a second cold front slides through Sunday night, cooler and less humid weather will arrive for the start of next week. Another high pressure system will take hold, bringing sunshine and highs in the 70s next Monday through Wednesday.
Have a great evening and weekend but make sure to stay up to date with the latest weather updates Saturday afternoon and evening.