Warm Weather & 100% Sunshine!

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog!  We are smack dab in the middle of a great streatch of weather!  In this blog entry we’ll crunch some numbers on our warm spell, and look ahead to its possible end.

Let’s start with another awesome shot of the Fall colors in our area.  This picture from the U-Local section of WISN.com was taken by Holy Hill.

The blue skies high above were cloud-free again on Thursday.  And for the 3rd time already in October, highs topped out in the 70s!  A few questions that I have been receiving lately are, “How does this compare to last October?” and also “Are 70s common in October?”.  To find the answer, let’s look at some data over the past 6 years. 

The numbers below will include the warmest high temperature in October each year, and the total number of days with highs of 70 or higher in Milwaukee.

  • October 2010(so far) – Warmest temp: 79   Days 70+: 3
  • October 2009 – Warmest temp: 69   Days 70+: 0
  • October 2008 – Warmest temp: 78   Days 70+: 4
  • October 2007 – Warmest temp: 87   Days 70+: 11
  • October 2006 – Warmest temp: 76   Days 70+: 4
  • October 2005 – Warmest temp: 86   Days 70+: 7

Just a quick glance at these numbers shows that 70s are very common in October, and in recent years, 4 or more days in the 70s have occurred in 4 of the past 5 years.  And in almost half of the years, at least one day was in the 80s!

With high pressure dominating our weather and surface winds out of the west-southwest, our warm days will continue.  It is possible that some spots may approach 80 on Friday!  While I’m not expecting record warmth, it will be unseasonably warm for this time in October.  The average high is now 64 degrees!

I’m guessing that many pumpkin farms will be overflowing with customers this weekend.  This will clearly be the warmest weekend for the rest of the month…in my opinion.

Outside of a lake breeze that could form daily close to Lake Michigan, or a light onshore wind Saturday, temperatures in the 70s should be common across the area through about Monday.

By Tuesday, a cold front will approach our area.  If it slows and we see sun on Tuesday ahead of the front, Tuesday’s highs will also need to be upped into the 70s!  The forecast surface map below shows the cold front position early Tuesday.  Behind this front more seasonal weather should return to the area.  But the questions is will highs fall into the 50s, or 60s.  Still not bad!

Remember, new data arrives in our weather center about every 6 hours.  So we are always look over the forecast and making changes where needed.  Tune into WISN 12 News for the updated 7 day forecast.  Until then make sure to stop by the comments section of our blog and say hi!

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


3 Responses

  1. I remember that stretch of 80s in 2007, but that came with humidity as well. What we’re experiencing now can’t really get any better.

  2. Any chance of extending this weather through next March?

    • Cliff,

      I’m not a fan of cold and snow…so I would love too! Looks like we may climb back to the 70s later next week again.


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