July 28, 2016 Updated: 7:30 PM
Clouds linger this evening but the weather is in the process of drying out. Rainfall amounts here in Eau Claire have been very light today, but where there have been persistent showers to the south and east, amounts have been greater. This is all associated with a trough that extends from low pressure now south of Chicago. The good news is this will all continue to slowly move out tonight, allowing for drier weather to return. Some clearing is expected later tonight, with lows in the 50's.
High pressure will be sliding across Southern Canada, influencing our weather through the weekend. Friday will bring a mix of sun and clouds, and if you've been waiting for a dry and comfortable day to spend time outside, this will be a good choice. Temperatures will be topping out in the upper 70's and humidity will remain low, so it will feel comfortable.
The weekend will continue with dry weather. Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny, while more bright sun is expected on Sunday. Both days will see temperatures climb into the low 80's, nearly normal for the end of July. The comfortable weather won't last long with another shot of heat and high humidity on the way for the first part of next week. Monday will be mostly sunny, but by late in the day we could see a few storms in the area. Highs will be in the mid 80's. A warm front will be stretched to our south and this could be the focus for a few thunderstorm complexes to push through or near the area. Dew points during this time will also be on the rise, and could be reaching back into the 70's by next Tuesday and Wednesday. The timing of these storms is too uncertain this far out, but at least low chances will continue both days. Highs will be well in the 80's and we have a shot at 90 again before the next cold front passes.
-Meteorologist Darren Maier