1995 Heat Wave
On this date last year, Milwaukee had a record 1.82” of rain and a week later was the historic 5-11” of rain that created devastating floods across SE Wisconsin. July 2010 ended up being the wettest on record with nearly 11” of rain…normal is 3.58”.
Back in 2008, this date had a high of 88 degrees; the hottest temperature that summer. After a miserable spring, this summer has been surprisingly warm with an average temperature about 4 degrees above normal and 5 days in the 90s since June 1st. The warmest day was 97 on June 7th.
More heat and humidity are returning to SE Wisconsin today with highs near 80, but mid to upper 80s with very high humidity will be here for the weekend and 90s and high humidity for most of next week.
It was this week back in 1995 when Milwaukee and the Midwest was in the grips of a deadly heat wave. More than 150 people died in Milwaukee and nearly 500 in Chicago from the oppressive heat and humidity. July 13, 1995 was a record 103 degrees in Milwaukee and some areas of SE Wisconsin hit 108 degrees with a dew point of 80; that is extremely high and rare. That made the heat index 120 to 128 degrees..in the shade. The low that night was 80 degrees; the warmest low in Milwaukee’s history. It was a record 102 on the 14th..the last 100 degree temp in Milwaukee.