Sticky Situation Ahead

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog!  The break from the heat and humidity has been nice, and given our area some of the coolest temperatures in weeks.

On Tuesday, Milwaukee’s high of 74 was the lowest high temperature since July 1.  And the low temperature this morning of 61 was the coolest since July 26!

The comfortable weather will remain for one more day, but on Thursday the humidity will slowly increase along with temperatures.  I don’t think we will be dealing with dew points above 72 degrees like we saw last week, but a run close to 70 is possible by Friday.

Below is a forecast map showing temperatures at 1 p.m. Thursday.  Notice the low 80s creeping into southeast Wisconsin.  By peak heating around 3-4 p.m., highs should touch the mid 80s in many spots.  Just click on the map to enlarge.

Dew points, a measure of moisture, will increase on Thursday by climbing from the low to mid 60s as the day progresses.  On Friday, dew points may approach 70 in spots.  With moisture in place and a front near the region, the chance for showers and thunderstorms will increase on Friday.  There is a small chance of a shower or t-storm to start the day, but better rain chance will move in later Friday or Friday Night.

Any storms that form in the warmer and more humid airmass could be strong to severe.  It is still 3 days away, but the Storm Prediction Center is keeping an eye on our area for the possibility of severe storms.  Below is the severe weather outlook for Friday.  Most of southern Wisconsin is in a slight risk of severe weather.   

Remember day or night you can tune to WISN 12 for the latest when severe weather strikes. 

Until then, we should see two more dry days, and one that will include very comfortable weather conditions.  Enjoy and make sure take our poll question below!

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


4 Responses

  1. Looking forward to the return of the heat, not necessarily the humidity, but I’ll take it. The last few days, while nice, were too much of a reminder that Fall is on the way. We all know what follows Fall…Winter.

    Do the long-range models forecast a gradual cooling trend for the remainder of August? It would be great if the trend was to continue hot, but I assume since we are heading into September, things are going to begin to cool down.

    Have a great day.

    • Cliff,

      I think it will stay warm in relation to our averages the rest of this month and into September. Precip. is kind of a toss up in my opinion. The new pattern will be forming very soon. This will be fun to show in the blog this Fall how we determine what the new pattern is and what we think it means.


  2. How soon will the pattern be forming? Maybe it has already started? 😉 Some signs are pointing to something already forming.

    I think the biggest severe potential for Friday will skirt largely to your north with the better upper level sheer associated to a shortwave passing closer to Green Bay. To far out to know for sure, but that is my hunch…

    • Scott,

      I agree with you on Friday, but will have to watch the path of the shortwave. It will be close enough to make me nervous.


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