This past spring (March-May) was the warmest on record in Milwaukee and Madison and now the warm conditions have continued into the first month of summer (June-August).
This June was the 5th warmest on record in Milwaukee, and the 10th warmest on record in Madison:
*Temperature records date back to 1871 in Milwaukee and 1869 in Madison.
Milwaukee and Madison had the warmest spring on record and a top 5 warmest winter, so it is no surprise that both cities are in first place for the warmest year to date, and by no small margin! Milwaukee leads the second place position by 1.8 degrees, and Madison by 1.7 degrees:
*Taking a closer look at each of the years in the tables above (where just the year-to-date data is included), we find that not all of the years ranked in the top warmest overall for the calendar year. Looking at each of the years as a whole (average temperature over the entire year), we find that the year of 1880 was cooler at both locations, tying the record for 60th warmest in Milwaukee and 15th warmest in Madison. Most of these years did make it into the top 10 though: in Milwaukee, 1921, 1987, 1991, and 2006 are all ranked in the top 7 warmest years on record. Furthermore, in Madison, 1878, 1921, and 1987 are all ranked in the top 6 warmest years on record.
With such a large lead ahead of second place, it is possible that we will remain the warmest year to date through the remainder of summer as well, or even longer. The image below shows the Climate Prediction Center's three month outlook. The outlook shows that southern Wisconsin has a 40-50% chance of above normal temperatures during the July-September time period.
Not only have we been very warm, but also very dry. Check out our top news story on the dry conditions here!