Monday, July 17, 2006

HOT pt. 2

No thunderstorms tonight, so the dry weather continues. I wouldn't be surprised if the moderate drought area is extended further south when the new drought assessment is issued on Thursday. In the meantime, the hot and humid weather will retreat southward, for about a day. A cold front moved through this evening, and dewpoints have already dropped off into the middle 60s, after reaching the middle 70s today. High temperatures are expected to be "only" in the upper 80s tomorrow, and the humidity will be much lower. However, the front that went through tonight will move back north as a warm front late tomorrow, bringing a chance for thunderstorms and warmer and more humid air for Wednesday. Currently, temperatures are expected to remain near or slightly above normal for the next several days.

Today actually ended up being the hottest day of the heat wave. Some local high temperatures included 100 degrees in Lansing and Winona, 99 degrees in La Farge, La Crosse, Fort McCoy, Friendship, and Muscoda, and 98 degrees in Black River Falls, Mauston, and Boscobel. Heat indices were in the 105 to 110 range. Fortunately these numbers will be much lower tomorrow, but the heat index could push 100 degrees again by Wednesday.


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