Today: Thunderstorms ending early in the morning, then hot and humid with a slight chance of storms during the afternoon. High: 93. Wind: Becoming SW 10-15
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid, with a slight chance of storms. High: 94. Wind: Variable 5-10
Some of the hottest weather in several years is possible over the next couple of days. The high temperature in Wausau yesterday was 95. It was the warmest day since we hit 98 back in July of 2006. High temps for today will range from the upper 80s in the far northeast to the low to mid 90s around central Wisconsin. The record high temperature in Wausau is 94 for today so we will be very close to tie-ing or breaking that record. High temps on Wednesday and Thursday will range from the low 90s in the northwoods to the mid 90s across central Wisconsin. If there is enough sunshine, a few spots in the southern part of the area could get close to 100. The record highs in Wausau on Wednesday and Thursday are 95 and 96 respectively. The odds of breaking new records depends highly upon cloudiness that might be in the area. There is also a slight chance of storms each of the next couple of days. Any rain could keep temps a degree or two cooler.
Needless to say, it will be hot and humid and the heat index will likely rise above 100 at times during the afternoons and thus the National Weather Service has issued an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING for the counties of Taylor, Clark, Jackson, Juneau and Adams and a HEAT ADVISORY for the counties of Price, Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waushara, Waupaca, and Shawano effective until 10pm Friday. Be sensible in the heat. Don't over work yourself. Find some shade or air conditioning.
As far as rain chances go, our highest chance will be this morning with some storms in the northern half of the area. Some of the storms might also be on the strong side as well with high wind and torrential downpours. Those storms should diminish by mid morning and then we will only have a slight chance of storms this afternoon. A slight chance of storms will continue on Wednesday and Thursday. A cold front moving through the area late Thursday night into Friday will produce a 40% chance of storms and then it looks like a generally dry period of weather from Saturday through early next week.
With more clouds on Friday, high temps will likely only reach the upper 80s to around 90. Then over the weekend, the mercury will slide further still. It will be warm on Saturday and Sunday but not quite as hot as this work week and not as humid either. High temps from Saturday through Monday will be in the 80s.
Have a fine Tuesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew, 4:04am, 3-July-2012