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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! The cool, damp, and dreary part of the holiday weekend is behind us. Time to focus on Memorial Day! To get started, let’s take a look at some Memorial Day weather facts for Milwaukee.
- Record High: 91 set May 30, 1994
- Record Low: 33 set May 29, 1961
- Only 3 times has the high reached 90 or warmer
- 39% of the time there is measurable rain
The good news for this Memorial Day is that no rain is expected in southeast Wisconsin. However, we will be dealing with very likely the warmest temperatures of 2011!
In order to reach a high in the upper 80s to near 90 in Milwaukee, we need south to southwest winds. This wind direction would keep the cooling effects of Lake Michigan offshore or right along it. The RPM computer model which we use frequently has winds turning to the south in Milwaukee by afternoon. Just north of Milwaukee, the wind bard on the map below shows a southeast wind over east-central and northeast Wisconsin. This ‘cooling’ will keep highs in the 70s.
In our viewing area, locations from Port Washington to Sheboygan will likely remain either in the 70s on Sunday or the low 80s.
Below is the surface map at 3pm Monday.
With the warm front and southeast winds close there is always the potential that Milwaukee could be a few degrees cooler if winds are a little more southeast versus south. But with peak heating later in the afternoon now, highs should warm into the 85-90 degree range in many areas.
After a warm and dry afternoon Monday, the focus will shift to the potential for thunderstorms on Tuesday. A cold front will push in during the afternoon. The exact timing of the front will play a key role in whether or not any of storms may be severe. The later in the afternoon the front moves in, the greater the potential for strong storms.
Below is the day 3 convective outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. This shows southeast Wisconsin in the slight risk area for severe storms. Something we will keep a very close eye on in the coming days.
In the meantime, enjoy the one day this holiday weekend that will include sunshine and warm temperatures! And if you haven’t already, make sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook. Just another way to stay connected to the Weather Watch 12 team!
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day and watch WISN 12 News for the updates!