John Malan's Weather Blog

Warmer temperatures in the forecast

CREATED Jul. 12, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The weekend is shaping up nicely with plenty of sunshine on tap and temperatures about where they should be for this time of the year.

Milwaukee will record high temperatures in the low-eighties both today and tomorrow, and the humidity will go up ever so slightly through Sunday. Warmer air will return for much of next week and we may see the second ninety-degree day in Milwaukee by Thursday.

Today is the anniversary of the warmest temperature on record for the state of Wisconsin. On this date in 1936 the maximum temperature soared to 114 degrees in Wisconsin Dells. The summer heat wave of 1936 was one of the worst in history, eclipsed only by the heat wave last year in the plains and southwestern part of the country.

Fifteen other states established state-wide record warmest temperatures in 1936. The Great Lakes were hit hard as Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana all recorded the warmest temperature for those states. State records were established from the Rockies to the east and Gulf coasts.

Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia set state warmest records, along with Louisiana and Texas. A high temperature of 120 degrees was recorded in Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. Two states were warmer with Kansas and North Dakota recording 121 degree state high temperatures.