NWS 10-6-17
National Weather Service

It might be a good idea to put off outdoor plans to Sunday this weekend in Madison because Saturday is going to be wet.

Forecasters are looking at rain starting up Friday afternoon and continuing into the night and Saturday before sunshine returns on Sunday.

The National Weather Service said Madison could get over an inch of rain from the showers and possible thunderstorms, with most of the rain falling Friday night and Saturday.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans said the rain could be accompanied by strong winds gusting up to 30 mph Friday night and Saturday.

Friday's high should top out at 65 with the temperature not going down very much overnight, then rebounding to about 68 on Saturday.

Sunday and Monday are looking good with sunshine and highs in the low 70s.

Rain could return on Tuesday with a high of 62, then sun returns on Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the low to mid-60s.

Borremans said next Friday could also be a nice day with sun and a high of 67.

Thursday's high in Madison was 66, 2 degrees above normal and 20 degrees below the record high of 86 for Oct. 5, set in 1922.

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The low on Thursday was 43, 1 degree above normal and 20 degrees above the record low of 23 for the date, set in 1980.

A third of an inch of rain fell at the airport on Thursday, bringing the October total up to 0.99 inches, 0.59 inches above normal.

The record rainfall on Oct. 6 was 1.41 inches in 1995.

In the meteorological autumn of September through November, Madison has received 1.54 inches of rain, 1.99 inches below normal.

For 2017, Madison has received 34.30 inches of precipitation (rain plus melted snow), 5.95 inches above normal.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.