Much cooler Wednesday, but the next warm up builds into the holiday weekend

Published: May. 23, 2023 at 7:29 PM CDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM CDT
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Today will be a bit cooler than we’ve seen over the last few days in the wake of a cold front that moved through earlier this morning. Winds will be a bit breezy out of the east, sustained between 10 and 15 miles per hour, with intervals of clouds and sun through the afternoon. This will help keep temperatures a bit on the cooler side with highs in the upper 60s. Tonight, a few clouds hang around, but will slowly clear out by daybreak from north to south as lows dip to the 40s, with some of our cooler spots potentially dipping to the upper 30s.

A strong cold front pushes south as Canadian high pressure moves in.
A strong cold front pushes south as Canadian high pressure moves in.(weau)

Canadian high pressure will then shift into the Great Lakes and stick around for several days. This will effectively act as a block to any potential incoming systems from the west. The end result will be a long stretch of very nice weather with plenty of sunshine along with a gradual warm up. This all begins on Thursday, and after a cool start in the mid 40s, temperatures will warm back to around average for the afternoon. Friday morning will likely be a touch colder with a clear sky and light winds. This does pose the risk for patchy frost across Central Wisconsin where winds will be light with some very dry air. Locally we expect lows close to 40, but some 30s may appear in eastern counties and especially in the low-lying valleys. By Friday winds will become more southeasterly and eventually southerly later this weekend. Along with more sunshine, temperatures will continue to rise through the 70s, with some 80s returning by Sunday. As the high holds on strong, it does look like the great weather will carry through the Memorial Day holiday with a taste of summer temperatures. For those with newly planted gardens or a fresh lawn seeding, rain chances are near zero, so watering will be required in the coming days.