The Heat Rolls On

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog!  I would argue that this is the best October weather that has occurred on a weekend in several years.  More incredible October weather is in the forecast…before a change arrives early this week!

Before we look ahead, let’s discuss what happened on Saturday.  After a morning high temperature of 72 degrees in Milwaukee, the lake breeze kicked in.  As expected, this pushed temperatures back into the 60s.  While this was occurring, sunshine was warming the dry airmass across southern Wisconsin.  Temperatures soared, and many places in southwest Wisconsin saw highs in the low 90s

The surface map below is from 3 p.m. on Saturday.  A few things to point out, a northeast wind near the lake Michigan shoreline dropped Milwaukee’s temperature to 69 degrees, while in southwest Wisconsin it was 90 degrees in Mineral Point and Prairie Du Chien!  Just click on the map to enlarge.

In our area, one record high was broken on Saturday.  Madison reached a high of 85 degrees, breaking the previous record of 82 set back in 1879!

Moving forward, the surface winds will turn to the west on Sunday across southeast Wisconsin.  This will keep the lake breeze away until late in the day.  This should mean daytime highs in the low 80s, even here in Milwaukee.  The record high for October 10 is 84 degrees set back in 1938. 

Here’s a look at the daytime highs in Milwaukee the past 4 days.  The average high is 64 degrees.

  • Wednesday  79
  • Thursday  74
  • Friday  81
  • Saturday  72

To put this in perspective, in only 50 days the average high in Milwaukee falls to 39 degrees!  

After Sunday, the 80s will leave our area, but not the mild weather altogether.  Another weak cold front will slide by on Monday.  This will give our area more clouds, a northeast wind, and a small chance of rain showers.  The northeast winds will push highs back into the 60s for lakeshore areas on Monday. 

Below is the forecast map from our in-house high resolution computer model.  This map is valid Monday afternoon, the green color represents scattered showers. 

We could use some rain, but this looks like a small rain chance that would only produce a few one hundredths of an inch of rain at this time. 

Before we wrap up this blog entry, let’s check another awesome picture of the Fall colors.  This picture comes from Erin, WI where the colors are currently peaking.  The picture was posted on the U-Local section of  Make sure to include your name so we can give you credit if your picture is posted in the blog, or used on WISN 12 News!   

Watch WISN 12 News all weekend for the latest weather information!  You can also check us out on Facebook at WeatherWatch 12 and on Twitter at WISN12News

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


5 Responses

  1. Hey Jeremy,

    If warm weather like this keeps up, do you think Milwaukee will have more rain than snow in December because of Lake Michigan being warmer?

    • Dan,

      A couple of days of strong west or northwest winds will help cycle the warm surface water to the east and then some upwelling can occur. Maybe right at the onset of winter the warmer water could impact our weather, but overall the lake can cool down quickly.


  2. Cool! I’m hoping for lots of snow this winter 🙂 Thanks a lot for the reply and keep up the good work.


    • October 5th – 8th, 2007 high temps… 82, 87, 85, 85.

      December 2007 monthly snowfall total 29.5 inches.

      If you like snow, I wouldn’t be the least bit concerned about this warm weather because it won’t necessarily have any effect on December at all.

      • That’s what I like to hear! 😀

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