LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
A cold front has now pushed to the southern part of the state with a mostly clear sky in much of Western Wisconsin. Winds will be light from the north and those really sticky conditions have improved some as dew points have dropped down through the 60s. Temperatures have also cooled significantly compared to yesterday, down in the 60s as well. Winds are light and patchy dense fog is developing so plan for changing conditions in visibility for the morning commute and drive with your headlights on.
A large high pressure system centered over the Northern Plains will generally drive our weather for the next several days, but before it gets here, an upper trough will skirt by to our north on Thursday. After some fog early, the day will start off with some sunshine. Clouds will begin to develop and build up in the afternoon with heating and there may be at least a few widely scattered showers in the area. Much of the area and day will be dry with any showers not likely taking up more than 10-15 minutes. Humidity levels will be lower but not totally dry feeling, likely still being at least a bit noticeable. But, compared to yesterday it will feel like a huge improvement!
As the upper trough moves away the upper level pattern will flatten out with even a bit of ridging to our west and more of a trough to the east.
This pattern will favor temperatures that will remain very close to average for late July. If you are hoping for some real hot, pool or lake weather, it's not in the forecast at least the next several days, but still warm enough to enjoy the water. The high will be moving into the Upper Midwest Friday and overhead the state on Saturday. Winds will be light in this pattern, sunshine will be dominant, and humidity will be rather comfortable. Expect highs around 80 or so both days.
We will be watching what happens with a cold front to the north later in the weekend and early next week. For now it is expected to remain weak with the large high pressure system staying intact, so perhaps just a few extra clouds will be around after Sunday. The weekend will finish up with a mostly sunny sky and highs in the low 80s. For now the dry weather is forecast to carry into early next week with temperatures only slowly edging up. A mix of sun and clouds next Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low to mid 80s while another front may begin working into the early the middle of next week with a chance of storms by next Wednesday.