MILWAUKEE- A very mild air mass has settled into the Midwest and southeast Wisconsin will experience temperatures near or in the seventies through Thursday of this week. Showers are still possible today and Thursday as another cold front rolls in this direction. A major cool down will occur on Friday with high temperatures dropping back to about fifty degrees and staying in the mid to upper-forties for the weekend in Milwaukee.
Rainfalls around southern Wisconsin ranged from about a third of an inch to three-quarters of an inch, bringing rainfall totals over the past ten days across southeast Wisconsin to between one and five inches. The heavier, five inch totals of accumulated rainfall are mainly in Fond du Lac and Sheboygan County areas, while the lesser amounts are closer to the Illinois border in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties. Monday's rainfall has brought the monthly total at the airport to 2.57 inches, which is only eight- tenths of an inch from the normal October precipitation in Milwaukee.
The recent rains are very welcome to help with the water tables in southern Wisconsin before the ground freezes. Much of southern Wisconsin is still in a moderate drought while Jefferson and Kenosha Counties are in a severe drought. Walworth, Rock, Green, Lafayette and portions of Grant County continue in an extreme drought.