MADISON (WKOW) - We're in a hot stretch of weather, with humidity levels gradually increasing.
The jet stream, made up of fast-moving winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere, divides air masses.
The jet is buckling northward tapping us into hot air from the Desert Southwest.
This 'ridging' pattern will stay locked over the next couple weeks likely keeping above-average temps around through mid-July.
With a hot, sunnier trend ahead, make sure to take it easy and take breaks from the outside.
Also, keep sunblock and sunglasses handy with a very high UV index expected through the holiday weekend.
Without precautions, sunburns are possible in around 20 minutes.
It's been a very warm day under partly sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 80s.
Humidity has been a bit lower, eliminating storm chances.
Mostly clear and warmer with temps in the mid to upper 60s.
Mostly sunny skies with plenty of heat and humidity with highs in the upper 80s and feels-like temps in the low 90s.
An isolated storm is possible as humidity levels rise.
4TH OF JULY
Mostly sunny, hot and humid but rain-free with highs around 90° and feels-like temps in the mid 90s.
An isolated storm chance returns later in the day with temps in the low 90s and heat index values in the mid 90s.
Mostly sunny, hot and humid with highs around 90° again with isolated afternoon or evening storms possible.
Partly sunny, hot and humid with a few storms possible and temps in the upper 80s.