Warm front brings another range in temps and a chance for strong storms
On Monday high temperatures ended up in a wide range, as expected. Milwaukee squeezed out a perfect 60* but some northern areas stayed in the 50s and Burlington almost hit 80* with a high of 78*. It was a battle between a warm front and lake breeze. Round two of the battle is Tuesday.
As of Tuesday morning a warm front is currently draped across southeast Wisconsin with our southern half of counties already in the 60s with a southwest wind and our northern counties 20* colder in the 40s with a north wind. The warm front will likely lift a little farther north with Beaver Dam and West Bend likely reaching the 70s along with everyone to the south. Fond du Lac and Sheboygan may stay in the low 60s for highs with the warm front not quite getting there.
As we go into the early afternoon a lake breeze will kick back in cooling areas rapidly down into the 50s. Timing out the movement of the lake breeze is complex but indications are that it could reach Milwaukee around 3 p.m. As the front passes through expect temperatures to drop into the 50s by the evening.
The location of the warm front is also key in the development of any thunderstorms Tuesday evening. The best chance for the storms will be just north of the warm front so just north of our local area has the best chance. Fond du Lac and Sheboygan Counties along with northern Dodge, Washington and Ozaukee Counties have the better chance to see some Tuesday evening and nighttime storms. The earliest storms will likely fire is after 8 p.m. but better chances exist Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Any storms that do develop could be on the stronger side. All of southeast Wisconsin, and most of the state, is included in the "marginal" risk for severe weather which is the lowest of the 5 severe levels. An isolated stronger storm is possible here with hail being the main threat.
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