Cold End to May; What's in Store for June?
The month of May ended on a cold note, 41° of cold in fact! Southeast Wisconsin woke up on Sunday to air temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s thanks to a strong NE wind, but wind chill values were as low as the upper 20s!!
The whole month of May was a series of ups and downs. A nice streak of 70s and sometimes 80s would be followed by prolonged chill. The end result was a fairly typical month in the temperature department. The average temperature of 55.9° was actually 0.4° above average when looking at data since 1980.
We had a few scattered rain events throughout the month but no big soakers. Those mostly stayed to our north and west. In fact, Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin was the only region of the state to see below average rainfall for the month. The good news is that the rain we did have helped our drought situation which was reduced for the first time since a dry end of winter.
Now that June 1st and the start of meteorological summer is literally around the corner, what can we expect? Well, on average the high temperature increases from 71° on the 1st to 79° on the 30th with almost 4\" of rainfall in between. The First Alert 10 day forecast shows that 70s will dominate the start of the month and fingers crossed that continues through all 30 days!