It was another warm day with Eau Claire’s temperature topping out about 10 degrees above today’s average high of 71. Along with that, it continued to be humid, making it feel a few degrees warmer in the late afternoon.
A line of showers moved through late morning before dissipating shortly after going through the Chippewa Valley. The clouds then cleared during the afternoon, which is why Eau Claire was able to rise to the 80s for the 4th day in a row.
Attention this evening is turning to an area of clouds and showers developing to our northeast. There is a weak cold front there, and as it approaches tonight thunderstorms will develop along it. There is a risk for an isolated storm or two to become severe, with large hail and straight line winds the primary threats.
In addition, heavy rain could cause localized flooding. This line exits after midnight, with just a few showers possible into early morning. The sky will start to clear tomorrow, but a few light showers could pop up. It’s just a slight chance for rain, so while most should stay dry, having an umbrella nearby isn’t a bad idea.
Despite the cold front moving through tonight, temperatures and humidity won’t be much lower tomorrow. Highs should be close to 80.
Friday looks to start partly cloudy with some more showers and thunderstorms forming later in the day. Best chances for showers and storms arrive Friday night and Saturday. This is when the air will start to change and bring in fall-like air again. It’ll still be humid Saturday but dew points will be dropping as wind picks up and carries in cooler and drier air for Sunday.
Temperatures to start next week will be closer to average with highs near 70 and lows near 50. We could warm up a bit for late next week, but probably not as warm as the stretch we’re currently in.