LA CROSSE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) A late-summer heat wave continues today in most of Wisconsin. The National Weather Service has posted excessive heat warnings until midnight in counties along the Mississippi River between La Crosse and Prescott. Much of western and southern Wisconsin has heat advisories, including Milwaukee and Madison.
Yesterday’s highs ranged from the mid-80’s in the north to the upper-90’s in west central areas. The heat index reached 109 yesterday near Mauston, Galesville, and east of Dubuque in Grant County.
Heavy storms hit the far north for the second night in a row. A funnel cloud was spotted near Sheldon in Rusk County just after 11 p-m. Trees and power lines fell in Sawyer and Bayfield counties. Another 1.2-inches of rain fell north of Bayfield, where almost 4-inches came down Sunday night and early yesterday.
Torrential rains hit the same region early this morning, with forecasts of up to 4-inches between 4- and 6am.
Parts of Price, Sawyer, Ashland, and Iron counties were under flood advisories.
The Weather Service says a high-pressure system will move in Wednesday, with less humid weather and highs still approaching 90. The heat continues for the rest of the week, with more storms expected Thursday through Saturday.