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Strong storms possible as warm front moves through

Hot and humid air continues to move north, and while we weren’t humid today, we did warm up to the middle 80s. A warm front approaches overnight, and that will bring both thunderstorm chances and those humid temperatures.

The first concern for this forecast is the storm chances. They will have a lot of energy from the front and jet stream, and they can use that humid air as additional fuel. Expect a few storms overnight close to daybreak, but these may not be very widespread. We are expecting a round starting between mid morning and midday, with additional afternoon development.

Some storms with each round may be strong to severe, with the main hazards being hail and straight line wind gusts. The air will be feeling humid, too, with dew points in the mid 60s by tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures will be held down from their potential due to the clouds and rain, but they should still make at least 80 degrees.

With sunshine Friday through Sunday the temperatures will be able to reach their potential near or above 90! With dew points in the low to mid 70s especially Saturday and Sunday, it will feel like the upper 90s when factoring in the heat index.

Another reminder: heat is the number one weather related killer in the United States, so make sure you prepare and have ways to keep cool all weekend.

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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