Cold front brings 45 mph gusts, wind advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory as sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph are expected in Wisconsin this afternoon and overnight.
The wind advisory will be in effect from 3 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday and will usher in much colder temperatures.
An intensifying low-pressure system moving across Minnesota will reach north of Lake Superior Tuesday morning and bring strong winds as well as colder temperatures, said Steve Hentz, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.
"The cold front will mix down the stronger winds from just above the surface," Hentz said.
Which will be quite a contrast from Monday's balmy weather. Milwaukee broke the highest temperature record for today of 60 degrees set in 1961 and equaled in 2001 when the mercury rose to 61 by 1 p.m. Madison was also close to breaking its high-temperature record of 60 set in 2001; at 1 p.m. the high in Madison was 58 degrees.
Winds are expected to increase to 35 mph overnight with continued gusts of 45 mph. The cold front pushing into the area could bring showers and thunderstorms Monday evening, said Hentz.
Temperatures will drop into the mid-40s by midnight and the low 30s by sunrise Tuesday.
The cold will stick around all week, Hentz said. Overnight temperatures Tuesday evening into Wednesday will be in the teens inland and low 20s close to Lake Michigan.
"High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-20s for the rest of the week; it won't warm up toward freezing, 32 degrees, until Sunday," Hentz said.
The normal high and low temperatures for this time of year in Milwaukee are 37 and 24 degrees.