UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsinites will get a little relief today from the late-summer heat wave – but not much. Highs are still expected to reach the upper-80’s, after readings got close to 100 yesterday. It was 97 in Wisconsin Rapids and 95 in Marshfield, both new record highs for the date. The heat index went above 100 in many places. Madison set a record for the warmest low temperature yesterday with 77. Milwaukee tied the same record with 73.
It remained steamy this morning. Shawano had 74 degrees at four a-m, and Oshkosh had 73.
Power has been restored, after about 6,000 We Energies’ customers in Shorewood and Fond du Lac lost their air conditioning yesterday. The utility said it was not at peak demand, and officials were not sure why the outages occurred. This morning, about 50 customers of the state’s five major utilities were still in the dark.
Spotty thunderstorms kept going through the state yesterday. A house was struck by lightning at Mercer in the far north. Bonduel had one-and-three-quarter-inch hail, in a place where a dozen homes were damaged by high winds last week. Washington Island in Door County had 3.6-inches of rain in eight hours. Poplar in Douglas County had 6-inches over two days.
A dry day is in the forecast statewide, once some patchy fog clears. A chance of rain returns tomorrow, continuing into the Labor Day Weekend.