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Record highs could be broken this weekend

How hot will those temperatures get this weekend? That’s the question as we approach Father’s Day weekend. A broad upper-level ridge will encompass most of the country this weekend bringing unseasonably toasty temperatures along with it. The steady supply of a south wind and rising temperatures will lead to dangerous heat indices. The heat index is “what it feels like outside” when you add the moisture in the air with the temperatures. Looking at the records from Friday through Monday, Sunday looks to be our best chance with the record high set at 94, which was set back in 1994. That appears to be our hottest and muggiest day throughout this heat wave.

Make sure to take proper precautions during this heat wave. Please don’t let your dogs or pets outside for long periods of time, or without any water. Take care of the elderly and make sure they have a cool spot to go. Don’t spend a lot of time outside, and if you do, make sure to find shade and wear sunscreen.

As this ridge slowly moves in, the energy on the eastern fringes will try to throw waves of showers and storms our way. There’s a slight chance we see this Thursday night, but a better opportunity by Friday and Friday night. The SPC has a “marginal” risk of strong to severe storms for most of Wisconsin. The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds. It’s something we will keep an eye on.

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