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Tonight is Eau Claire’s last 8 p.m. sunset

This is it: Tonight is the last sunset after 8pm this year. Tomorrow’s sunset for Eau Claire is at 7:59 p.m. When you also factor in later sunrises each day, Eau Claire is losing about 3 minutes of daylight each day. We’ll lose another 20 minutes in the next week and over an hour and a half in one month, when the sun will be setting at almost 7 p.m. It will be exactly eight months until the sun sets at 8 p.m. again on April 22, 2020, which is 244 days away.

While we’re losing daylight, we still should be warmer than this. Temperatures were below average again today, even though some clouds last night kept lows mostly in the 50s. Highs only managed the mid 70s this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds and our Canadian-like air. It definitely feels like Winnipeg, Canada which is where tonight’s Packers preseason game against the Raiders is being held.

The next few days will be almost a repeat of today. Expect lows to range from the upper 40s to low 50s tonight through Sunday morning with highs in the mid,70s tomorrow before climbing to the upper 70s this weekend. Each day will have plenty of sunshine with some puffy cumulus clouds forming from time to time.

Our next round of rain looks to hold off until Monday, when scattered showers and storms become likely. A few showers could pop up again Tuesday and Wednesday but chances are low, and temperatures will again become lower.

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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