In recent years, many more record high temperatures for a single day were broken in Milwaukee and Madison compared to record lows. This can be seen in the charts below, which show the number of high and low records broken since 2000 at Milwaukee and Madison. Click any of the graphs to see the full size.
Madison Record Highs
In Madison, 23 record daily high temperatures were established or tied in 2012. The second highest year was in 1953 with 19 record highs. In 2012, record high temperatures were set during the months of January, March, May, June, July, and December, though most of them were in March and July. Records were also established in March and December for the highest single day maximum temperature of any day during those months. The record high in December (65 degrees) was also the highest for the entire meteorological winter season (December, January, and February) in Madison.
Milwaukee Record Highs
In Milwaukee, 12 record high were established or tied in 2012. The year with the greatest number of record highs broken was 1953 with 15. In 2012, record high temperatures were set during the months of March, July, November, and December. The record in March exceeded the previous high for the entire month.
Madison and Milwaukee Record Lows
In contrast, no record low temperatures occurred in 2012 for Madison or Milwaukee. In fact, the last record low at Madison was set on February 21, 2008, when it was -15 degrees F. The last record low at Milwaukee was set on September 15, 2011, when it was 40 degrees F.
2013 Records Broken
So far in 2013, both Madison and Milwaukee broke high temperature records on January 29, 2013. Last updated Jan 30, 2013.