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Today’s Forecast

77º | 35% chance of rain | Sunrise 5:18 a.m. | Sunset 8:33 p.m.

🏖️Hello, summer weather
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Summer is nearly here, Madison. | Photo by 608today
We know the question on your mind, Madisonians — when’s it going to get hot?

Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for June, July, and August.

While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what summer will bring.

Reminder: The first day of summer is Thursday, June 20.

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Expect a warmer summer in 2024, Madison. | Map via NOAA

🌡️ Temperature
Think hot. This summer, Madison has a 33-40% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.

🌨️ Precipitation
Expect about average precipitation. Madison has a 50% chance of seeing average amounts of rainfall this summer.

☀️ Drought
Drought conditions are expected to improve this season.

Over the moon with June
June’s average temperatures fluctuate between a low of 59° and a high of 79°, but expect to see more of those near-80° days this year.

If you want more heat, we have some good news: The average high rises in both July and August. Pro tip: June has an average daily maximum UV index of 5, so don’t slack on the sunscreen.

July will edify
In July, the average high and low temps are between 82° and 63°. We’re expected to get maybe seven days of rain, so plan for plenty of clear days (perfect for a zoo day or kayaking).

August is a summer must
Average highs in August are 80° with lows at 61°. With an average of 24 sunny days, there will be oodles of opportunities to relax at Memorial Union Terrace or visit one of Madison’s 270+ parks.

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Wednesday, June 5
  • Pie and Ice Cream Social | Wednesday, June 5 | 5-8 p.m. | Lakeview Park, 6300 Mendota Ave., Middleton | Cost of purchase | Eat treats and help the Middleton Area Historical Society by doing so.
  • The Scandinavian Recipe For Happiness | Wednesday, June 5 | 7:15 p.m. | Idun Lodge 5-74 Sons of Norway, 1904 Winnebago St., Madison | Free | At this talk, you’ll learn why Scandinavians are some of the happiest people on Earth.
  • Sebastian Bach | Wednesday, June 5 | 8 p.m. | Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison | $30-$45 | The lead singer of Skid Row is in town to play heavy metal hits like “Monkey Business” and “18 and Life.”
Thursday, June 6
  • Make America Gay Again | Thursday, June 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Crucible, 3116 Commercial Ave., Madison | $15-$20 | Come for queer stand-up comedy and drag performances and leave after a dance party led by DJ Sara Akawa.
Friday, June 7
  • Fish Fry | Friday, June 7 | 5-8 p.m. | VFW Post 7591, 301 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison | $14-$16 | Support local veterans by eating a quintessential Wisco meal.
  • First Friday | Friday, June 7 | 5-8 p.m. | Wingra Boats, 824 Knickerbocker St., Madison | Free | Bring your family to celebrate summer with live music, food carts, and boating.
Saturday, June 8
  • Oregon Art Fair and Sculpture Tour | Saturday, June 8 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Waterman Park, 121 Janesville St., Oregon | Free | Check out artist booths, face painting, local bites, and a silent auction and tour 13 new public art sculptures throughout Oregon.
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News Notes
  • Waunakee’s Lone Girl Brewing will open a taproom in Madison by the end of the month. Located in the old O’so Brewing Company location at 1817 E. Washington Ave., it will serve beer and Roman-style pizza. (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • Madison students in grades six through 12 can now pick up free summer Metro Transit youth passes at school offices, summer school semester sites, and the Metro Transit Administration Office at 1245 E. Washington Ave.
  • The Midwest Climate Summit will be in Madison in 2025. Regional climate leaders, researchers, and professionals will gather to accelerate climate action. Want to get involved? Join the planning committee. (WKOW)
  • The Washburn Observatory’s Wednesday night public observation sessions are canceled until further notice as crews repair a shutter on the done. Stay tuned at for updates.
  • Mazomanie native Marissa Bode is going to Oz. Bode will be the first actress living with a disability to portray Nessarose in “Wicked.” Bode said, ”Your life is not over when you become disabled...There is so much more out there for you.” The movie comes out in November. (WMTV)
  • For the first time since the pandemic, Overture Center’s Arts Career Exploration Spotlight will return this summer. The program empowers local middle and high school students of color to discover career possibilities in the arts. Two sessions are available, one beginning Monday, June 10 and the other beginning Monday, July 8.
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🦸 Mad City hero
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The Badger, created by Mike Baron, was published by a Madison-based comic book publishing company. | Photo by 608today
You won’t see him in the latest Marvel movie or fighting crime in DC’s Hall of Justice, but there’s a superhero right here in the 608: The Badger.

Origin story

In 1983, Wisconsinite Mike Baron, winner of two Eisner Awards, created a superhero whose stomping grounds are in Madison. The subject was Vietnam War veteran Norbert Sykes, who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Badger, one of his personalities, is an urban vigilante who can talk to animals.

The comic was published locally by Capital Comics, which closed in 1984. However, “The Badger” lived on through publications from First Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Image Comics.

Where to find the Badger

There are a handful of comic book stores in the 608 where you might find our local hero:
The Buy
The ultimate summer grill accessory: a wireless smart thermometer. Stick it in your food, cook as usual, and the thermometer will notify your smartphone when your meat has reached the ideal internal temp. Hello, perfectly cooked steaks…
The Wrap
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From the editor
I collected baseball cards more than comic books as a kid. But I did love reading “Vigilante.” So, it brought me great joy that he appeared in the hilarious John Cena show, “The Peacemaker.”
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