Summer-like temperatures in store ahead of much-needed rain chances this weekend

Published: Sep. 19, 2023 at 7:08 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM CDT
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A warm front continues to press onward to the northeast, and will give us a very summer-like feel to the day. Winds will remain sustained out of the south, helping to bring in milder air, as highs reach the mid 80s (which we’d typically see in June and July). There will be plenty of sun toward the northern parts of the viewing area, however, clouds will remain in place further to the south. Areas around I-90 may have a slight chance at a shower or storm. Some noticeable mugginess will be a part of your afternoon as well with dew points lingering in the upper 50s and even low 60s. Later tonight, skies clear out for all of us as low temperatures dip to the upper 50s and low 60s.

A warm front lifts over the area with summer-like temperatures
A warm front lifts over the area with summer-like temperatures(WEAU)

Similar weather is expected on Thursday before extra clouds filter in at night and into the day on Friday as a few pieces of upper energy approach the area. These may touch off a few isolated showers or storms, especially later in the day with some sunshine and temperatures right around 80. The start of fall this weekend looks to bring increasing chances for rain and a few thunderstorms as we watch a slow-moving storm system organize over the Great Plains. There is still some uncertainty regarding the timing and strength of this weather-maker, but we’ll have chances for scattered showers and storms on Saturday as winds turn breezy at times from the east-southeast. Highs will be closer to average in the mid-70s with most places right around normal on Sunday as the low pressure system draws closer. Mainly cloudy skies and another chance for showers will close out the weekend with persistent winds. Next week will start off with yet another chance at some showers as our surface low remains parked in the region with the parent upper low staying cut off from the mean flow. Some places, including the Chippewa Valley, may not escape the 60s with some moderation possible by Tuesday.