By Craig Koplien Special to Published Jun 07, 2011 at 8:28 PM

It is likely the record book will be re-written again on Wednesday as Milwaukee experiences a third straight day of blistering heat.

Milwaukee's high temperature on Wednesday is expected to be in the low to mid-90s. The record high is a very reachable 93 degrees, set in 1933.

The heat index, a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature, will top out in the mid to upper 90s.

As Wednesday afternoon turns to evening, the searing heat may be broken by powerful thunderstorms. A cold front will barrel across Wisconsin early Wednesday night and break the three-day heat wave. Before the front passes, thunderstorms with damaging winds and hail are possible.

After the front passes, there will be a whiplash-inducing cool down. Temperatures on Thursday will be 30 degrees cooler with highs only in the 60s. Two more days in the 60s are likely to follow on Friday and Saturday.

The high temperatures of 94 on Monday and 97 on Tuesday broke records that had stood for 86 and 78 years, respectively. The highest June temperature on record in Milwaukee occurred on June 1, 1934 when the mercury hit 104 degrees.

The average high for this time of the year is in the mid-70s.

Craig Koplien Special to

Craig is a meteorologist who was born and raised in Pewaukee. After getting a degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he worked over 20 years on TV and radio in Milwaukee, Madison, Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri.

Craig spends most of his time trying to keep up with his bride and their three teenage daughters. Any time left over is spent with his other beloveds, the Packers, Brewers and Badgers.