Sunshine prevails into the new work week with a stretch of above average temperatures

Published: May. 20, 2023 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2023 at 7:00 AM CDT
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After a gorgeous start to the weekend, we’ll be staying on the same path today with sunshine and a few more clouds as a cold front stalls over North-Central Wisconsin with another high pressure system moving north and east of the area. That said, Canadian wildfire smoke will filter back into our far northern counties aloft, allowing for hazy conditions to develop once again with Western Wisconsin forecast to see the smoke by later in the day. Highs this afternoon will warm above normal into the upper 70s, and potentially around 80 for some of our southern counties. Tonight will feature a mostly clear to partly cloudy sky with overnight lows dropping into the lower 50s.

Weak cold front stalls over North-Central Wisconsin with sunshine Sunday
Weak cold front stalls over North-Central Wisconsin with sunshine Sunday(WEAU)

Dry weather continues through the new work week as an upper level ridge of high pressure takes hold over the Central United States. Mostly sunny skies will be dominant across the area with southerly flow on the backside of high pressure to the east giving way to a nice warm up early in the week. Highs Monday will be up around 80 with widespread readings in the low 80s on Tuesday. By Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the next cold front will be passing through Wisconsin to the south as it weakens with a large surface high located just south of the Hudson Bay. A spotty shower can’t be ruled out along the boundary, but most locations should remain unscathed with more sunshine and increasing breezes from the east. There will be a slight cool down behind the front with temperatures retreating into the 70s mid-week. The same airmass will linger on Thursday, but southerly return flow on the backside of high pressure will return as it shifts a little more to the east with sunshine on tap. Looking ahead to Friday and Memorial Day weekend, we’ll be watching a storm system come together in the Inter-Mountain West with an upper trough carving out along the west coast. Meanwhile, our ridge axis will be nudged directly over the Upper Midwest, keeping quiet weather around as temperatures climb back to that 80-degree mark.