4 PM Update: Strong storms move through southeast Wisconsin
Updated: 4:22 p.m. August 1, 2018
Strong thunderstorms have popped up all across southeast Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon. A few of these storms moving through parts of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties produced hail.
As of 4:23 p.m. more storms have formed in Waukesha County that could have wind gusts as high as 50 mph.
More strong to severe storms will be possible throughout the evening as the sunshine continues to heat the atmosphere providing fuel for storms. A cold front will move through after 9 p.m. tonight. Showers and storms will likely roll along with the cold front tonight but will be weakening as they move east so not everyone will see rain tonight.
Posted: 3:40 a.m. August 1, 2018
Summer makes a return on the first of August today with warmer temperatures, higher humidity values, and the threat of storms. With a cold front moving in tonight, warm air advection will send highs back into the low and middle 80s for most of the state. Dew points will also push into the muggy territory, which could lead to the development of showers and storms.
During the day today, it will mainly be isolated or scattered showers, mostly from the lake breeze. Once the frontal boundary sags farther east and southeast, lifting should produce a batch or line of storms. Some of these storms could turn strong to severe. The main threats will be high winds and large hail. The tornado risk appears to be low. This could be a scenario where the central and eastern parts of the state get more of the activity, and southeastern Wisconsin see the remnants or the weakening storms.
The activity will end by late tonight and early tomorrow. There could be a few isolated or scattered showers for Thursday. The severe weather threat will be over with as the front marches east.
Our weekend looks to turn hot. Highs could jump well into the 80s and even 90s. This weather pattern could continue into early portions of next week.