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90°+ for 5th day in a row for Eau Claire is just 7th such streak since 2000

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Eau Claire summers do get quite hot, and we typically see our fair share of 90 degree weather. Eau Claire averages 12 days every year with highs of at least 90 degrees.

However, a streak like we're in isn't all that common. Today was the fifth in a row with a high of at least 90 degrees. That's just the seventh time since the turn of the millennium that's happened. The most recent streak was an 8 day streak that ended exactly 8 years ago from June 29 through July 6, 2012. Before that we have to go back to 2006 when there were two long streaks of 90s in July.

Like today, tomorrow will have chances for some slightly organized clusters of storms, with the best chances in the morning. Tomorrow doesn't look quite as warm, so our 90 degree streak will likely stay at 5, but highs will still be in the upper 80s and it will still be very humid.

The difference is the morning rain and storm chance mainly south of Eau Claire and pesky clouds that may not clear until late afternoon. If clouds clear earlier than expected, we could still hit 90.

Wednesday will be back in the 90s, so this weather isn't going anywhere too soon. Another reminder in this heat and lack of rain (for most at least) is that sprinkler water evaporates very quickly in the heat of the day, and is pretty much a waste of water. Most effective watering happens within a couple hours of sunset overnight through a couple hours after sunrise.

There might be a little break from the very hot and humid air starting Thursday with a weak cool front moving through and lasting through the weekend, but high temperatures will still be just near or slightly above average and there still will be some humidity, but thankfully not as humid as we've been.

That cool front will bring some more rain chances Thursday night and into Friday, but the trend is for drier weather this weekend as well as the break from the extreme heat. We'll definitely take the break, too, because current long term outlook for next week has us warming back up near or in the 90s again.

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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