Dry with temperatures rising through the 70s and some hazy sunshine. Wet weather returns this afternoon so you may need an umbrella!
The rain will actually be welcome after an overall dry July in most of the area. Although La Crosse ended the month above average by about 3/4" Eau Claire was about 1.5" below average. Of course for the summer and year we are still well above, but this last month changed the trend. There are more showers chances in the upcoming days, so keep the umbrella handy!
Your Friday looks seasonable with highs in the low 80s and some periods of sunshine, mainly early. By this afternoon and evening we can anticipate some additional showers and storms to fire up. Similar to the last couple of days, we will be watching out for periods of heavy rainfall and hail.
Improvements are ahead for the start of the weekend as skies clear overnight allowing temperatures to fall into the mid 50s. Sunshine will be prevalent for Saturday thanks to high pressure as temperatures rise into the middle 80s. It will be a perfect day for boating, spending an afternoon at the beach, fair or just taking some time to soak up the summer weather! It will also feel just a bit more humid as the dewpoint rises into the lower 60s.
A cold front will be in the northern vicinity for the end of the weekend and the exact track will be monitored since it could bring showers as early as Sunday afternoon and evening. Best chance for rain this weekend will be in those northern counties. This cold front will be hanging around through the first work week of August providing more chances for rain and bringing some cooler air back into Western Wisconsin.
Monday through Wednesday all carry chances for some showers and storms. The cold front will slide southward and then stall as a wave of low pressure is forecast to develop. This currently looks to be a slow mover, which could lead to some heavy rain potential and perhaps some strong to severe storms. We will watch this over the next few days to see if the potential grows or shifts out of our area.