Warmer Thursday before rain chances arrive early Friday
High pressure will continue pressing out of the area, bringing our winds out of the south this afternoon. Coupled with the sunshine, this will bring temperatures to the upper 70s and low 80s, making for an almost summer-like feel to the air this afternoon after what was a very chilly start this morning. Eau Claire dipped to the 30s for the first time since May 27th! Otherwise, a cold front will be hanging out to our northwest through the afternoon, eventually coming into play later on tonight. This will bring increasing clouds through the overnight, which will keep our temperatures in the upper 50s by daybreak tomorrow.
This cold front will bring a chance of rain to most of the area Friday, with most of the rain falling during the morning hours and in our western counties. Farther east, the line of showers is expected to weaken. A few rumbles of thunder are possible, but no severe weather is expected. What will follow is a much cooler weekend once again, with highs mainly in the upper-60s and low-70s. Saturday’s model guidance has gone back and forth on a shortwave impacting the area which could induce some daytime showers throughout the day on Saturday, but for now, things still look to be on the dry side with highs remaining in the low 70s. In its wake, high pressure then moves in, keeping things dry to wrap up the weekend up through about the middle of next week. We’ll then see temperatures rebound and feel a bit more summer-like with highs returning to the low 80s.
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