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It’ll finally feel like summer a few days after Friday’s Solstice

There will be one second more sunlight tomorrow than today for the Summer Solstice. The center of the sun’s rays are directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 10:54 a.m. Central Daylight Time. The sun will rise at 5:20 and set at 8:55. Saturday will lose only two seconds of daylight and we’ll only lose 30 minutes in the next month, so enjoy the long days that tend to lead to summer weather.

Speaking of, the summer heat happened much this year. That looks to change next week as we get into a warmer weather pattern. In order to make that shift, we’ll need some fronts to move through. This means weather will be active across the Midwest through early next week.

However, we won’t be near the center of the action and thus only have chances for showers and thunderstorms. There is rain and a few storms to our west this afternoon but they’ll fizzle out as the sun goes down and only a slight chance for evening rain.

Tomorrow will be similar with the action mainly to our south and west. While fronts will be approaching, the atmosphere will remain ‘capped’, which is a term meteorologists use when there is a layer of warm air several thousand feet above the surface. This acts as a cap, preventing or at least slowing the natural tendency for the warmer air near the surface to rise into cooler air aloft. This rising motion is necessary for rain and especially storms to form.

We’ll be in a similar pattern on Saturday, but chances increase later in the day as the front will be strong enough in the evening and overnight to push the rising air above that ‘capped’ layer. By Sunday, we’ll feel warmer and humid with highs near 80 and dew points near 60. The severe weather threat is low, but any storm that makes it Friday and Saturday will have a small chance at producing straight line wind gusts and small hail.

Monday is a toss up with temperatures right now. We would be hot and humid if it weren’t for the rain chances. With rainfall, temps will be held in the mid 70s though it will be humid regardless. Mid 80s return next week and summer-like humidity returns, too.

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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