Overnight skies remain cloudy and scattered rain showers move in. A little patchy fog is possible overnight. Lows will not drop off overnight, temperatures will actually rise slightly, with temperatures reaching the low 50s by Wednesday morning. Scattered light, on and off rain showers continue through Wednesday. Winds will gust out of the SSW up to 40 mph in the afternoon, increasing Wednesday night with gusts up to 60 mph possible. High temperatures will top out in the low 60s late in the day, more typical of early May than mid-December. The record high in Milwaukee for December 15th is 55°, last set in 1891, so we are highly confident that we set a new record. Additionally, it will be a humid day with dew points climbing to near 60-degrees.
The strong winds late Wednesday into early Thursday may be enhanced by a decaying line of t-showers moving in from the west. With gusts up to 60 mph possible, some trees and branches could be knocked down, potentially causing power outages. Also, it's a good idea to bring in any holiday decorations that could be blown around.
Winds remain strong through Thursday. A cold front moves through early Thursday, and behind the front cooler air will rush in. By 8 am Thursday, temperatures will have already dropped in the upper 30s and low 40s. We stay in the 30s through the day, with wind chills dropping into the 20s. We will see some sunshine during the day.
Friday will be a quiet, partly cloudy day with highs in the mid to upper 30s.
****A HIGH WIND WATCH WILL BE IN PLACE FROM 9 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING. GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE, WHICH COULD CAUSE POWER OUTAGES AND DIFFICULT TRAVEL FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES****
TONIGHT: Cloudy, scattered showers, patchy fog
Wind: SE/S 10-20 mph
WEDNESDAY: Scattered light showers, warm, humid, increasing winds
Wind: SSW 15-25 G 40 (Winds increase Wed PM and early Thurs with gusts up to 60 mph possible)
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy, windy, much cooler
FRIDAY: Partly Cloudy
SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, slight ch. light snow
SUNDAY: Partly Cloudy