After cool stretch, highs finally forecast to crack 80 | Local weather

After an extended cool stretch, south-central Wisconsin will see highs in the upper 70s to low 80s through the weekend before cooler weather moves in again starting Monday, according to forecasters.

As meteorological summer starts on Thursday, look for sunny skies, a high near 76 and calm wind becoming west winds around 5 miles per hour in the afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

After an overnight low around 53, Friday features a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4 p.m., mostly sunny skies, a high near 77 and calm wind becoming southwest winds around 5 mph in the morning.

Overnight Friday into Saturday, there’s a 60 percent chance for showers and storms, with possible rain totals of a tenth to a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in any storms that may develop, as the low falls to around 61.

There’s a 40 percent chance for showers and storms Saturday, with partly sunny skies, a high near 80 and southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

The Weather Service said that overnight Saturday into Sunday, there’s a 60 percent chance for showers and storms, mainly before 1 a.m., with possible rain totals of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in any storms that may develop, as the low falls to around 62.

Sunday features a 20 percent chance for showers and storms after 1 p.m., with mostly sunny skies, a high near 77 and west winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Quiet weather is forecast to follow, with skies over Madison mostly sunny Monday and Tuesday and sunny Wednesday, with highs near 68, 70 and 72, and lows Sunday night through Tuesday night around 55, 52 and 52.

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27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans also forecasts warmer weather for the weekend, with a possible late day shower west of Madison on Friday, scattered showers and storms Friday night, again Saturday mainly in the afternoon, a spotty afternoon shower or storm Sunday, and possible showers and storms next Thursday.

Borremans said skies over Madison should be sunny Thursday, sunny becoming partly sunny on Friday, mostly cloudy Saturday, mostly to partly sunny Sunday and Monday, sunny Tuesday and Wednesday, and partly sunny to mostly cloudy next Thursday, with highs near 77, 81, 81, 78, 72, 74, 76 and 80, and overnight lows around 52, 62, 60, 52, 49, 49, 53 and 59.

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Wednesday’s high in Madison was 72 at 4:34 p.m., 1 degree below the normal high and 29 degrees below the record high of 101 for May 23, set in 1975.

Wednesday’s low in Madison was 50 at 11:53 p.m., 1 degree below the normal low and 18 degrees above the record low of 32 for May 31, set in 1966.

No precipitation was recorded at the Dane County Regional Airport on Wednesday, leaving Madison’s May precipitation total (rain plus snow converted to liquid) at 2.83 inches, 0.72 inches below normal. The meteorological spring (March through May) total stayed at 10.96 inches, 1.81 inches above normal. The 2017 total stayed at 15.66 inches, 3.83 inches above normal.

Madison’s record precipitation for May 31 is 2.33 inches in 2000.

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With no snow on Wednesday, Madison’s May total stayed at zero, 0.2 inches below normal. The meteorological spring total stayed at 8.3 inches, 1.5 inches below normal. For the snow season (since July 1), Madison has received 44 inches, 6.9 inches below normal.

Madison’s record snowfall for May 31 is a trace in 1889.

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