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Balmy holiday weekend

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I hope you are adjusting well to the very warm and muggy weather conditions. As we mentioned yesterday, the pattern isn't going to change much through next week across the Upper Midwest. No strong cold fronts are projected to move in. As such temperatures will likely average about 5 to 9 degrees above normal and it will be fairly muggy over much of the period. Find you favorite way to stay cool and healthy please!

Spotty showers and thunderstorms developed in northern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon and were pushing slowly south. They could make it south to about Highway 8 or Highway 64 Thursday evening before gradually falling apart. The spots that do get underneath one may get a downpour and some lightning, so be prepared to step inside as they approach.

Otherwise it should be partly cloudy with patchy fog later Thursday night as lows dip to the mid to low 60s. The wind will be light. Friday looks partly sunny and very warm with highs in the upper 80s to near 90. Spotty showers and thunderstorms may develop by afternoon, mainly over the southern half of the viewing area. The winds will be light.

Saturday and Sunday should feature partly sunny, warm, and muggy conditions. Lows will remain in the 60s with highs in the mid to upper 80s. There is a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm Saturday afternoon and evening and a 30% chance Sunday.

The chance of rain is a touch higher Monday and Tuesday (40%). However it would likely only cover a small portion of the day with some breaks of sunshine the rest of the time. Highs will stay in the mid 80s with lows in the 60s.

It could be a touch warmer Wednesday and Thursday with highs climbing to the upper 80s. Lows will remain sticky in the 60s. Once again we have a chance of spotty showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for those days. It kind of feels like we are living in the Deep South during the steamy and unsettled stretch!

Have a great evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:45 p.m., 2-July 2020

On this date in weather history:

1843 - An alligator reportedly fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston, SC, during a thunderstorm. (David Ludlum)

1987 - Thunderstorms in Colorado produced hail as large as golf balls northwest of Kiowa, which accumulated to a depth of twelve inches. Hail two and a half inches in diameter was reported at Black Forest. Hail damaged 900 acres of crops south of the town of Wiggins. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

Tony Schumacher

Lead Evening Meteorologist at WAOW-TV and Chief Meteorologist / Owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC. A Wisconsin native with over 25 years experience in weather forecasting and broadcast.

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