Today was just Eau Claire’s third day of 2019 with a high of at least 80 degrees. We had plenty of energy from the sun to help warm us up, and there wasn’t any humidity. While we had that sun’s energy, it was difficult to see all day as the sky looked overcast.
These weren’t clouds, but actually smoke several thousand feet above the ground at jet stream level, carried from the western Canada wildfires. This milky-white sky is the result. Air quality is lowered a bit, but most of the smoke is staying well up in the sky.
If there’s a positive to this, sunsets through the smoky sky tend to be absolutely brilliant as that smoke scatters out most of the light colors except reds and oranges.
After sunset, temperatures will fall into the mid 50s by morning, and humidity will start to settle in during the day. Expect dew points near 60 degrees, which is where it starts to feel humid. The temperatures will also be warmer than today. They’ll make a run at being the warmest day of the year so far, with a forecast high in the upper 80s. Eau Claire’s warmest temperature this year came two weeks ago on May 16th when the mercury rose to 83 degrees.
A cold front will move in from the north late tomorrow, with scattered showers and thunderstorms forming in the late afternoon and evening before pushing through western Wisconsin overnight. A few could be on the stronger side with small hail and straight line wind gusts the main threats, especially east of Eau Claire where the Storm Prediction Center has issued a “slight risk” of severe weather, meaning scattered severe storms are possible.
Temperatures will be cooler this weekend behind that cold front, but still with highs in the low 70s. Rain could linger into Saturday, but the best chance remains in the morning. After that, our next rain chances return late Tuesday as temperatures again warm up.