Dry and seasonable today with a warm up in store for this final week of summer

Published: Sep. 16, 2023 at 4:27 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2023 at 7:00 AM CDT
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A broad area of high pressure has made its way into the Upper Midwest, leading to beautiful conditions across the area today as we enjoy a mostly sunny sky after patchy fog early on. Winds will remain light out of the north and northeast, keeping temperatures seasonable once again with most places reaching into the low and mid-70s. Meanwhile tonight as our high moves overhead, skies will turn clear with ideal conditions for strong radiational cooling to take place. Lows will bottom out in the low 40s and mid to upper 30s in our lower elevations tomorrow morning as a result.

Broad high pressure takes hold with mostly sunny skies Sunday
Broad high pressure takes hold with mostly sunny skies Sunday(WEAU)

The new work week will kick off with plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures in the mid-70s as we get into southerly return flow on the backside of high pressure. Winds will then pick up and become breezy through mid-week with the mercury continuing to climb as a warm front lifts into and through the Upper Midwest to the northeast. The result will be temperatures reaching into the low 80s on Wednesday. By Thursday, uncertainty starts to enter the forecast as a cold front will be parked to the northwest with disagreements among the long-range models on a potential upper shortwave arriving from the southwest. For now, there is a chance for, at least, isolated showers under a partly sunny sky as temperatures make it up around 80. The same front will stall out on Friday with indications for additional disturbances arriving from the southwest as a large upper low develops out west. Once again, we’ll have the chance for a few showers or storms with highs in the upper 70s. Looking ahead to next weekend, it appears that we could see the start of an active pattern with the upper low making slow progress eastward. We’ll have to watch things in the coming days to see how things unfold, but for now, enjoy the seasonable weather!