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Next 72 hours include big changes in weather

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MADISON (WKOW) - After days of dry, pleasant weather in southern Wisconsin comes substantial changes starting Monday.

Quiet dry weather continues Monday, although high temperatures will soar into the upper 80s and potentially the low 90s. The hot temps will be due to warm air advection, southerly winds and sunshine.

The high temp record on June 8 for Madison is 92 degrees, set in 1985.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal are expected to reach southern Wisconsin Tuesday, mostly likely during the latter half of the day.

During this time, brief heavy downpours will be possible.

As of right now, heavier rain amounts are expected for areas to the north and west of Madison about 2+" is possible. Areas to the south and east of Madison, along with Madison, could see 1.5" of rain or less. Although, amounts and timing of showers and storms is subject to change. Localized flooding and river flooding is possible.

Another threat includes gusty winds, which will be felt Tuesday and Wednesday. Gusts up to 30 mph are possible Tuesday, gusts up to 45 mph are possible Wednesday.

Tornadoes are also a potential threat Tuesday afternoon into the evening hours. Heavy rain will be the main threat.

Only three tropical systems have tracked across Wisconsin since records began. These include: Hurricane Gilbert from 1988, Hurricane Unnamed from 1949, and Hurricane Unnamed from 1900.

Dry weather returns Thursday, with high temps cooling to the 70s.

Katherine Noel

Katherine Noel

Forecaster, WKOW TV, Madison

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