Near Record Warmth & Rain Ahead

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog.  The calendar just flipped over to April, but our warm weather we are enjoying is more typical of mid to late June!  The high in Milwaukee on Wednesday was 77 degrees, and highs of 75-80 are expected the next two days!

Yesterday on our WISN Twitter feed someone sent along a funny picture.  The lonely last snowpile at the edge of a parking lot.  A nice phrase was added:)  Remember to click on the picture to enlarge.

With high temperatures approaching 80 degrees in many spots we are in record territory.  The record high for Thursday in Milwaukee is 81 set in 1946, while Friday’s record high is 82 set in 1963.

A big key to how warm lake shore locations get both days will be the wind direction and speed.  A wind of 10-20 mph out of the south-southwest should prevent the lake breeze and temperatures will soar.  If winds fall below 10 mph and the wind direction turns a little southeast…temperatures will fall each afternoon. 

A great example of the impact the lake breeze has occurred on Thursday.  Below is the surface map at noon.  At this time it was 70 in Milwaukee(marked by a ‘*’) with a  little southeast wind.  But look to the north where the wind was blowing off Lake Michigan in Manitowoc…only 50 degrees!  Not shown on the map was the noon temp in Port Washington…48 degrees.  Low 80s were common over eastern Iowa.

Lake breeze or not, the weather is fantastic for early April.  That will change this weekend.  A cold front will push through the region on Saturday.  Along with the cool down, rain showers are expected.  If you have outdoor plans on Saturday, the rain could start in the morning and continue into the afternoon.

Below is the 12Z GFS forecast for 1 p.m. Saturday.  The green shades represent rain.

Rain totals of a quarter inch or more are possible on Saturday.  Sunday at this point looks dry, but cool.

If you have questions on the weekend or anything weather related make sure to drop your thoughts in the comments section of the blog.  Also, for more weather information join our Facebook ‘fan’ page at WeatherWatch 12

Enjoy the warm weather…this is Wisconsin and it won’t last long!

Jeremy Nelson

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4 Responses

  1. I’m up in Sheboygan, and the lake breeze has definitely been evident the last few days. Our temperatures soar….until about 10 AM, and then they start to fall and steady out for the rest of the day. I find it pretty fascinating. There’s a weather station that’s right next to the lake here, and it’s highs the last few days have been in the 40s and 50s while inland it’s in the 80s! It’s kind of cruel…….but I’m not a big fan of heat anyway. It certainly is nice for this time of the year.

    • Robert,

      The lake breeze certainly provides a forecast challenge. The lake breeze won’t be as much of a factor on Friday.
      Jeremy

  2. Hey Guys, How much rain in Crivitz area Thanks Dan

    • Around a quarter inch. More on the way this coming week.
      Jeremy

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