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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! I hope you enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures to start the holiday weekend. Still more good than bad weatherwise for the next two days, but rain does creep into the forecast on Monday.
100% sunshine was the rule again on Saturday across southeast Wisconsin. The blue skies and warm temperatures made for a great day for outdoor activities. Sometimes a trip to the beach is out of the question on Memorial Day weekend, but not this year!
Lakeshore areas were cheated just a bit on Saturday. A lake breeze kept Milwaukee in the mid 70s, while inland locations topped out in the low to mid 80s. Below is a surfae map from 4 p.m. Saturday. Notice the northeast wind in Milwaukee and a temperature of 70 degrees. While farther west, it was 85 in Madison, and 90s were sprinkled in parts of the upper Midwest. Just click on the map below to enlarge.
The warm temperatures in parts of Minnesota, Iowa, and western Wisconsin will pay our area a visit on Sunday. A cold front will begin pushing through the upper Midwest, but we will stay in a southerly flow. This means the lake breeze will be held at bay. Highs in Milwaukee on Sunday should top out in the mid 80s, with upper 80s inland! A day more typical of mid July!
By Sunday Night, the front will be close enough to push a few showers in our direction. Anytime after midnight scattered showers will be possible, and continue through about Noon on Monday(Memorial Day). Below is the surface forecast map for Monday morning at 7 a.m. The area highlighted in green is an area that could see rain showers, and yes, southeast Wisconsin is in that area.
This will be a pretty quick moving front, so any showers should depart the region and leave a mostly dry afternoon. If you have outdoor plans, especially in the morning, don’t cancel them, but have an alternate activity ready! It will be breezy and cooler on Monday, with highs likely in the low 70s. Rainfall amounts will not be very impressive. Below is a rainfall forecast from our in-house high resolution computer model.
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Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!