Warm and humid Monday with more rain expected

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Humidity will be an issue for some people this week and weekend. A break will not arrive until the middle of next week at the earliest.

Showers and thunderstorms affected west central Wisconsin on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Many received a quarter to half inch of rain, but a few picked up more. In portions of Barron, Chippewa, and Taylor Counties, Doppler radar estimated more than two inches of rain fell.

Monday morning with be quiet, though quite warm and humid. With the help of some sunshine and a southwest wind, temperatures will push into the lower 80s by the noon hour. Dewpoints will climb into the 70s in part of the area, which will make it feel very humid. In the afternoon, temperatures will top the middle 80s, and showers and thunderstorms will form in the region. Some thunderstorms could be severe with damaging winds and hail. In addition, locally heavy rainfall is possible. Slow-moving thunderstorms will be capable of producing one to two inches of rain in a short time.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the northern half of Wisconsin in a “slight” risk for severe weather. That means “scattered severe storms are possible.” The primary threats are damaging winds and large hail.

The showers and thunderstorms will slowly move east of our area on Monday night. Warm and humid conditions will remain with lows in the 60s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible on Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs will be in the middle to upper 80s, and lows will be in the upper 60s.

Rain chances are lower Thursday through this weekend, but not zero! With the likelihood of more sunshine, temperatures will be warmer with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Lows will be around 70 degrees. Our region may not see a break from the warmth and humidity until the middle of next week, at the earliest.

Nick Grunseth

Nick Grunseth

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