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Weather Outlook: Warm, muggy tomorrow afternoon followed by more rain chances

Today checked all the boxes: highs in the mid 70s, light wind, no humidity, and plenty of sunshine. We were even above Eau Claire’s average high which reached 70 for the first time today. The high temperature’s rate of increase this time of year is slowing down, but still increasing at about one degree every few days. It will top out in July with an average high of 83.

Changes to the forecast arrive tonight, with a warm front bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight into tomorrow morning. Showers and storms exit in the morning and the sky will partially clear out by afternoon with highs rising to the upper 70s, possibly 80. Humidity will be rising with dew points near 60 possible.

A cold front follows during the late afternoon, and that could pop up a few showers, but lift and moisture available will be considerably less than the morning front. Temperatures fall Friday after that cold front has passed, but still expect highs in the mid 60s.

The positioning of a stationary front has shifted since previous forecasts. Originally expected to be further north, keeping us in the warmer air, it’s now stuck to our south. This keeps us cool during the weekend and brings plenty of chances for showers and thunderstorms Friday through the weekend.

Expect some warming next week, but more rain chances keep them from getting warmer than the 60s. Some areas could pick up several inches of rain over the next week.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and 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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