Warm Temperatures Finally Make A Comeback!

Spring like temperatures have finally made a comeback! On Friday, April 26th, high temperatures climbed into the upper 60s across much of southern Wisconsin, marking the first time Milwaukee has seen temperatures above 65 degrees in 2013 and the second time Madison has. Madison first reached the 65 degree mark on April 22nd.

The 65 degree temperatures arrived quite a bit later than normal. On average, Milwaukee sees a high temperature of 65 degrees or higher by April 3rd and Madison, by April 2nd.

In fact, since data records begin in 1871, this is the 10th latest we've seen temperatures reach 65 degrees in Milwaukee. The record latest date is May 8th, 1874. Likewise, since data records begin in Madison in 1869, this is the 13th latest (tied) we've seen temperatures reach the 65 degree mark. The record latest date in Madison is May 8th, 1875.

Last year we saw temperatures reach 65 degrees over a month and a half earlier! The table below shows the first day that high temperatures reached at least 65 degrees over the past 5 years.

Milwaukee Madison
March 7, 2012 March 6, 2012
March 17, 2011 April 10, 2011
March 31, 2010 March 17, 2010
March 17, 2009 March 17, 2009
April 16, 2008 April 16, 2008

Furthermore, on April 28th, Madison finally reached the 70 degree mark, tying for the 11th latest date on record! Then, on April 29th, Milwaukee reached the 70 degree mark, tying for the 18th latest date on record! On average, Madison reaches 70 degrees by April 9th and Milwaukee, by April 11th.


NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan

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