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102 degrees expected in Milwaukee on Tuesday
MILWAUKEE - The current heat wave Milwaukee is enduring is not expected to last as long as the one which baked the region for about two weeks in 90 degree-plus heat over the past month.
The hottest temperature of this two-day heat wave, however, is expected to rise to rise to the record levels of the late June-early July scorcher.
"Today promises to be a virtual repeat performance of yesterday's weather," added Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele.
He explained that people would wake up Tuesday to heat that already was higher than the normal high for the day.
"We'll see abundant sunshine with strong southwest winds pumping our temperatures back up above 100 degrees. Combine that with dew points climbing to the mid 60s, and the heat index will reach up to 105 degrees."
That anticipated heat index reading has brought about a heat advisory for all of Southeastern Wisconsin until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night.
Then, the heat wave should finally dissipate.
"Low pressure tracking toward Lake Superior will drag a cool front toward Southeast Wisconsin late today and tonight promising some brief relief from the oppressive heat," explained Scott.
"However, even with the associated scattered showers and storms, there won't be nearly enough precipitation to put a dent in the remarkably dry conditions."
Why has Wisconsin gone through this record heat and one of the worst droughts in recent memory?
"There are a few factors that have been causing this all summer long," said Scott, who cited the biggest factor.
"The Gulf of Mexico has been blocked from producing a lot of moisture northward toward us. We really need to ramp up that moisture, get it from the south, have it start streaming northward before we see some really drenching rains."
Tuesday's Storm Team 4Cast from Scott Steele:
Today: Sunny to partly cloudy, very hot, and humid
High: Near 102 (RECORD: 98 IN 1942)
Wind: WSW 5-10 mph
Tonight: Increasing clouds, warm, and humid with scattered showers and t-storms
Low: Near 70
Wind: NE 7-12 mph
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cooler with some scattered showers and t-storms
High: Near 86
Wind: NE 7-12 mph
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and t-storms
Low: Near 68
Wind: NE 5-10 mph
Thursday: Partly cloudy and seasonal
High: Near 82