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Past 4th of July weather

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Happy 4th of July!  It is hard to believe that it is already the 4th when summer weather finally arrived about a week ago.  The myth is that “summer” holidays in Wisconsin usually have miserable weather and that is typically true for Memorial Day and some Labor Days, but the 4th of July is usually very comfortable. 

The 30 year average high temperature is 80 degrees and highs are in the 70s and 80s on the 4th 71% of the time.  The record high on July 4th is 98 in 1990…it has not been 100 degrees in Milwaukee on July 4th in the 140 years of record.  Unfortunately, it is Wisconsin and it can be chilly with highs in the 60s and 50s 20% of the time.  The record low temperature is 45 from 1963. 

Last year’s 4th of July was windy, hot and humid with a high of 91 and scattered T’storms.  2009 was sunny and 74, 2008 was 71, 2007 was 84 and 2006 it was 77.  It rained a little last year in Milwaukee for the first time on the 4th since 2005.  There was almost a half inch of rain back in 2001. 

While the average high temperatures don’t peek for another 2 weeks, the dog days of summer, we are beginning to lose about 2 minutes of daylight each day.  Have a fun and safe 4th of July.

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