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Rain chances increasing for this weekend


Today was cooler than yesterday thanks to increased cloud cover, but we did clear out mid afternoon which has allowed evening temps to warm quickly into the low to mid 70s. The warmest air was further east as the clouds cleared from east to west.

Also, while it's not humid, dew points have climbed up into the 50s, which is still comfortable to most people but some may start noticing the moisture in the air. They'll remain steady tonight but will start to climb towards the upper 50s tomorrow afternoon and evening, possibly above 60 this weekend.

As that moisture in the air increases, so will our rain chances. It doesn't look like a weekend washout, but chances do exist each day through the extended weekend.

For tomorrow, chances will be limited to light pop-up showers at any time, but increasing chances late in the day. This means if you have to get your lawn mowed, this is the best day of the weekend if you haven't already taken care of that.

Saturday will see scattered showers and thunderstorms, and while again it won't be all-day rain, when and where it does rain it'll drop a quick tenth to one quarter inch each shower, so the grass will be wet.

Sunday's chances are a bit more complicated, with some indications of it being dry most of the day, while other data suggests there will be a quick round of showers. Either way, there should be some time to get it done should you need to.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue into Memorial Day and slight chances remain for most of the week, though it doesn't look like an excessive amount of rain will fall.

In fact, most places won't even see more than an inch combined all week, and most of that will fall this weekend.

Temperatures will remain above average with highs ranging from mid 70s to low 80s through the next seven days and lows at times might not fall below 60 has humidity increases.

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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