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Several more chances for rain likely won’t add up significantly

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Rain approaching from west brought clouds that kept temperatures cooler today, especially west of Highway 27. Just a few drops fell in Eau Claire, and even to the west only a few hundredths of an inch were measured.

There are a few more storms in Minnesota trying to move our way, but again they will continue to struggle in our relatively dry air. Surface dew points are a bit on the humid side near 60, but there is dry air aloft that is impeding rain chances.

That rain kept temperatures down today, and while we hit 80 by 11 am those clouds and few showers cooled us slightly. If those clouds had held off for even a few hours we'd likely have warmed well into the mid, perhaps even upper 80s.

There remains plenty of lift in the atmosphere, which is needed to develop showers and thunderstorms. There will be several waves of this lift over the next few days, but that will only account for a few hours each day where scattered showers, possibly a thunderstorm or two could affect us, and even then will be scattered at best.

A cold front Saturday is perhaps our best chance for rain and storms, but that, too, isn't guaranteed.

It's likely we receive some rain over the next few days, but it'll likely only add up to a half inch for most, though higher totals west of highway 53 are possible.

Once rain chances end early Sunday, cooler and drier air will move in. Humidity will be gone by next week and temperatures will be cool for August with highs in the low to mid 70s and lows near or perhaps even below 50.

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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