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Eau Claire is on record watch again Thursday as heat wave continues

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Earlier in the week when Eau Claire's temps were warmest, the daily records were even warmer. However, Eau Claire's Wednesday broke the 110 year old record high of 94 set in 1911 by one degree.

Tomorrow is also on record watch, with a forecast high of 96, which would also exceed the daily record of 95 set in 1973 by one degree.

Highs were fairly consistent across Western Wisconsin in the low to mid 90s, though a few spots did fall just short of the 90 degree mark. Humidity was not as high as yesterday, meaning it didn't feel as warm.

Tomorrow's weather setup looks similar to yesterday where highs and feels like temps got into the mid to upper 90s with dew points in the mid to upper 70s.

Like yesterday, that even hotter and more humid air will result in pop up thunderstorms, of which a few could become strong to possibly severe mainly north of highway 29.

This is happening because moisture is pooling ahead of a cold front that will arrive later in the day on Friday. Friday will have the best chance for organized showers and storms ahead of that cold front's passage and will come in the form of scattered showers and storms in the afternoon.

Once the front passes, humidity will fall quickly. Temps will remain warm this weekend, but the humidity will not be nearly as bad with dew points expected to be comfortably in the 40s and 50s.

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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