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Starting to look like fall, but feeling like summer

Parts of northern Wisconsin are starting to see fall colors between 20% and 40% according to Travel Wisconsin. Even across the Chippewa Valley fall colors are starting to show.

While it’s starting to look like fall outside, it certainly isn’t feeling like it. Highs reached the low to mid 80s across all of Western Wisconsin, and factoring in the humidity with dew points in the mid to upper 60s, it felt like the mid to upper 80s in the late afternoon, even near 90 close to and across the border into Minnesota.

We saw some clearing in the clouds this afternoon, which helped warm us even further, though clouds will slowly return overnight and tomorrow. Along with that comes rain chances. In the morning, a line of scattered showers will fizzle out over Western Wisconsin, and while it could contain some thunder, it also may not affect all places as the showers decay.

Another round is expected starting late afternoon and lasting through the evening, but these scattered showers, possibly with thunder, will also not affect all locations. Thus, the forecast keeps us in the chance category, though you’ll still want to have the umbrella nearby just in case.

Despite the rain chances, we’ll still be humid and temperatures will still push close to 80. Thursday will also be near 80 but should be dry.

More showers and thunderstorms become possible Friday into Saturday when a cold front finally moves through, bringing us back closer to average for mid September. These fall-like temperatures return just in time for the Autumnal Equinox next Monday.

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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