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Eau Claire hit 90°+ for second time in three days

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What more can we say at this point? Heat and humidity continue to affect all of the Upper Midwest, with high temperatures ranging from the mid 80s to the low 90s this afternoon.

For Eau Claire, it was the 4th day this year with a high of at least 90° and the second this week. Dew points were actually lower today, still feeling humid but there was a couple hour stretch with the dew point below 60. That also came with a lighter wind, which meant that it's harder to circulate air through homes without air conditioning.

High temperatures will continue to be in the upper 80s to low 90s all the way through next week, which means the prolonged exposure will continue to take its toll on those who have to work outside or live without air conditioning.

Regardless if you have AC, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and keep cool whether by having AC, taking cool showers, taking frequent breaks, and finding shade. Check up on your neighbors to make sure they have what they need to beat the heat.

We will continue to be dry for the most part, but isolated pop up showers and thunderstorms will be an issue that most won't have to deal with, but could affect isolated areas with heavy rain each and every day. Still, most of the day will be dry even in the few areas that see these chances, and location of the pop up chances will differ each day.

It's nearly impossible to predict where these will form, but again most spots will stay dry through the weekend, though there are slightly better chances for more widespread rain or storms early next week.

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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