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Eau Claire hits 80 for first time in 2020

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Gusts in Western Wisconsin topped out in the low to mid 20s, which isn't super windy but still made for a steady and strong breeze. Those winds were able to mix the atmosphere enough to pull warmer air aloft down to the surface, meaning highs topped out near or above 80 degrees!

It's about three weeks behind the 30-year average first 80 degree day, but it certainly felt nice as it's been 233 days since September 30, our last 80 degree day.

This starts stretch of late spring/early summer. Eau Claire has 69 days with highs at or above 80 in an average year, ranging from the first 80 in late April and last 80 in late September, again on average.

There are a couple more chances for 80 degree highs in the forecast, but as discussed yesterday the chance is lower than what it previously looked like. With increasing clouds tomorrow, highs will likely be a few degrees cooler than today unless we can get a decent break in the clouds in the mid afternoon.

Temps cool further on Friday as clouds get thicker and rain chances return. It's just a slight chance for Friday with better chances arriving again this weekend. Temperatures will be warm and near 80 degrees, but both weekend days will include scattered showers and thunderstorms.

These chances continue into Memorial Day Monday, with chances diminishing by Tuesday but not completely disappearing through midweek.

Again, highs in 80s aren't very likely, but still possible and still expected to be above average through the entire 7-day forecast.

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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