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Calm, cool, and comfortable for now

It was a fall-like start to the day across the Chippewa Valley as temperatures fell below 50 degrees to start the morning. Typically, our average low temperatures is 58 degrees for Eau Claire in mid August.

We’re on our way to the upper 70’s and low 80’s across western Wisconsin. Our average high temperature now sits at 80 degrees and on August 23rd, our average will fall below 80. A sure sign of fall.

A region of high pressure is centered over the South Dakota/Nebraska border which helps the sky stay clear. So you can expect abundant sunshine throughout your work day.

It will stay comfortable for the most part as dew point temperatures will be in the mid to low 50’s. An influx in moisture will cause dew points to rapidly spike overnight. Tuesday’s dew points will get into the upper 60’s which will feel very heavy.

This, plus a passing cold front, will lead to a chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon Tuesday. While the severe threat seems low at this time, strong winds and small hail will still be possible.

Once the cold front passes, a blast of cooler temperatures and lower dew points will accompany the forecast through the end of the week. We pick up a few more rain chances next weekend, but even those look low for now.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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