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Pleasant pattern lingers, but damp by Saturday evening

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As expected, the very pleasant summer pattern continues around here with mild days, partial sunshine, and comfortable humidity. High pressure centered over Minnesota will drift over Wisconsin through Friday keeping things nice and tranquil.

Skies should turn clear Thursday night with perhaps a bit of patchy fog late. Lows should reach near 54 with light northeast winds. Friday should be sunny early then partly sunny. Highs will likely climb to about 80 degrees with north winds near 5 mph, becoming variable later in the day.

Saturday again will bring a mix of sun and clouds. It could be slightly warmer as southwest breezes develop. Lows will be around 57 with highs in the low 80s. A few showers or thunderstorms could develop in the northwest corner of our viewing area later in the afternoon as a cold front approaches. Then the scattered showers will push southeast across the rest of the region Saturday night into Sunday. The brunt of the rain on Sunday probably will be over the southern half of the region. Rain totals are projected to be in the 0.10 to 0.40 inch range, generally. It will be cooler Sunday with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will start around 59 in the morning, but only top out at 72 in the afternoon.

High pressure will once again build south from Canada early next week bringing fair weather to our region. Temperatures will tend to run about 5 to 7 degrees below average for a couple of days. Lows could reach the mid 40s to low 50s in the area with highs from the low 70s Monday and Tuesday to the mid 70s Wednesday. A modest warming trend may kick in late next week. Readings could return to the upper 70s by about Thursday and perhaps low 80s Friday.

Have a good evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:25 p.m., 30-July 2020

On this date in weather history:

1965 - The temperature at Portland, OR, reached 107 degrees to equal their all-time record high. (The Weather Channel)

1979 - A forty-minute hailstorm bombed Fort Collins, CO, with baseball to softball size hail. Two thousand homes and 2500 automobiles were damaged, and about 25 persons were injured, mainly when hit on the head by the huge stones. A three month old baby died later of injuries. (The Weather Channel)

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Tony Schumacher

Lead Evening Meteorologist at WAOW-TV and Chief Meteorologist / Owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC. A Wisconsin native with nearly 30 years experience in weather forecasting and broadcast.

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