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Brief relief from heat… after Wednesday’s Heat Advisory

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Temperatures maxed out in the mid to upper 80s this afternoon, but dew points again near 70 made it feel like the low 90s.

This is actually slightly cooler than we've been, and was Eau Claire's coolest high temperature since the high of 84 on June 29 eight days ago. We were “cooler”, so to speak, thanks to the cloud cover for much of the day, but we are not in a cooling trend yet.

Tomorrow will be perhaps the hottest day of this stretch of hot weather. There is a Heat Advisory in effect from midday through about 7 p.m. for excessive heat and humidity.

Heat related illness can set in quickly in these temperatures, so make sure you stay hydrated and have methods of staying cool.

Highs will push close to the mid 90s in spots, with dew points starting in the 70s before falling into the upper 60s making it feel like the mid to upper 90s. Some spots further southwest of Eau Claire could push to around 100 for afternoon heat index values.

A cold front starts to move in tomorrow night, and that will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to Western Wisconsin, mostly overnight. Any storms that do form in our area could become strong to severe, but as of Tuesday afternoon the forecast keeps the most likely chances for strong storms north of highway 8.

Temperatures and dew points will slowly cool through the rest of the week and into the weekend, but will still stay above average for the most part.

While there still will be some humidity, dew points ranging from the upper 50s to low 60s Saturday and especially Sunday will feel very nice compared to the past week. There are chances for excessive heat to return next week, though, so the break might not last too long.

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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