January will end and February will begin with mild weather


MADISON, Wis. – If you think that it has been a mild winter across southern Wisconsin, you’re not alone. Temperatures averaged seven degrees above normal for the month of December, and are averaging nearly eight degrees above normal so far for the month of January.

Even when it has been cold, the cold snaps have not lasted very long. There were only six days of below normal temperatures for the entire month of December. As of today, January has only seen six days with below-normal temperatures as well.

The staff at Climate Central have shown that cold stretches during the winter are getting shorter. The longest spell of colder than normal weather in Madison during each winter has become shorter by about 7 days in length since 1970. Since the start of meteorological winter beginning on December first, Madison’s longest stretch of below-normal temperatures was from January 19-21…only three days.

While high temperatures have generally been about 5-10 degrees above normal, the prolonged cloud cover is keeping low temperatures well above the average low temperatures for late January, which is around 10 degrees. The last six days have seen low temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to be above normal through Monday of next week. A cold front is expected to move through the Midwest bringing colder Canadian air into Wisconsin. There are signs that the weather pattern will change to one that favors colder weather and slightly below normal temperatures for the rest of the week into the following week. This is reflected in the Climate Prediction Center’s 8-14 day temperature outlook from February 4-10 which calls for about a 45% chance of below-normal temperatures for southern Wisconsin.

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