Rain, possibly strong thunderstorms in Eau Claire’s forecast

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It was another June day that, while nice, didn’t feel quite like we’re used to in summer. Humidity continues to be very low and temperatures are staying below average with highs in the 70s. We saw clouds today, but no rain. This trend will begin to change with increasing chances for showers each of the next few days.

Expect just slight chances for rain tomorrow afternoon and evening, and a chance for showers and thunderstorms returning late Friday as a warm front moves through. This warm front will bring the humidity back, with dew points expected to rise up to the mid to upper 60s.

Temperatures will likely remain below 80, however, due to the increased cloud cover and rain chances through the weekend.

If your lawn is getting long, or if you have other outdoor chores to get done, the best time for outside work will be now through Friday afternoon. Earlier is best. Showers and thunderstorms become likely Friday night and will last into Sunday.

Strong to severe storms are possible late Friday through Saturday evening, too, with heavy rain, straight line wind gusts, hail, and even a tornado can’t be ruled out. It’s still early in this system’s development, so stay with Stormtracker 18 as more details become available.

Next week will see more rain chances early followed by warm and humid, more summer-like air.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014. Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures. Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor's of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He's logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day! Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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