Warmest temperatures in seven years arrives Friday; Strong storms possible
A round of heavy rain and frequent lightning is rolling through southeast Wisconsin this morning. A few reports of hail have been received along with gusty wind but severe storms are not likely. It is bringing some much needed rain with July in a big rain deficit before this rain arrived.
The Thursday morning rain will linger through late morning with a sunny sky returning this afternoon. Another round of storms is possible tonight with the best chances in our northern communities. A slight risk for severe weather is in place for all of southeast Wisconsin for the Thursday night storms.
A heat advisory is still in place to go into effect at noon on Thursday and last all day Friday. The lingering morning rain has lowered expected high temperatures by a few degrees but it will still be hot with highs around 90°. The big time heat arrives Friday with highs in the middle 90s very close to records.
If the 96° high on Friday verifies it would be the warmest in seven years! Milwaukee hasn't been warmer than 95° since July 25, 2012. July 2012 was the month we hit the 100s multiple times with a max of 103° on July 5. We did hit 95° a couple times in June of 2018.
In addition to the heat, humidity will be nasty Thursday and Friday with oppressive dew points in the middle 70s. Humidity will slowly come down on Saturday with comfortable air returning Sunday and Monday.
When you combine the heat and humidity Thursday is going to feel as hot as 100° in some spots.
Friday will be even worse with heat indices reaching 115° in some locations. Heat exhaustion can happen quickly in that kind of heat so take breaks if you are outside and drink plenty of water. Check in on elderly and those without AC. Make sure outdoor pets have plenty of cold water and think about letting them inside for a break.
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