August Ends Cool, September Warms
Temperatures were warm for much of August. The average monthly temperature as of today is 72.2°, nearly one degree above normal. We even marked three of our four 90° days of the season during the month. However, the past week has shown some signs of fall. While average temperatures for Milwaukee are still in the upper 70s, a handful of days within the last week only pushed the upper 60s and lower 70s across southeast Wisconsin. It's a cooler trend that will continue through much of our new work week. Times of clouds, a cool northwesterly breeze, cool nights... we know the inevitable is coming. But, let's hold that thought for a moment! By Friday, our temps should return to the seasonable upper 70s and overnight lows will stay milder in the 60s. By the start of September we get back into the mid range 80s. While there's little rain or storm chances on the horizon, conditions will feel summer like with another push of warm air through our ten day forecast. The map below shows a fifty percent probability of above normal temperatures through September 2nd.
Beyond this time frame, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center continues to highlight a warm pattern across much of the nation.
Keep in mind that by the end of the first week of September, average high temps are right at 75°. For now though, we've got more 80s in sight!
I'm meteorologist Rebecca Schuld