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  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Temperatures will trend slightly cooler Friday and Saturday. But with the humidity moving down and the wind speeds moving up, fire risk will remain high.

    A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 9PM Friday evening for most of Montana east of the continental divide. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

    High temperatures Friday will be mainly into the mid-80s to lower 90s. Expect a sunny day, but with periods of wind gusts especially through the early afternoon.

    Winds will taper off overnight. Lows will be mainly in the upper 40s to upper 50s early Saturday.

    Expect dry and generally clear weather to continue through the weekend.

    Highs will be back to the 80s to low 90 Saturday but could hit mid to upper 90s on Sunday. Sunday will likely be the hottest day of this coming week.

    Highs are trending to stay in the 80s to low 90s most of next week. But things become more unsettled with scattered to isolated showers and thunderstorms mixed in throughout the week.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Sunny and very warm, with a high near 92. West wind 10 to 20 mph with stronger gusts at times.

    Friday night… Clear to mostly clear with a low around 59.

    Saturday… Sunny and very warm and about 91 for the high temperature.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Wildfire risk will be high Thursday with a combination of wind, low humidity, and hot temperatures. Strong to severe storms may develop as well, especially east of Billings.

    As an approaching cold front moves from West to East across the region Thursday afternoon, clouds and wind will increase. High temperatures will hit the 90s to triple digits, the hottest readings from Billings to the East.

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop over the mountains and push out across the plains during the afternoon and evening. Strong to severe storms with damaging wind and large hail are possible, especially along the Eastern third of Montana through the evening hours.

    Winds will shift to the Northwest, and breezy conditions stronger gusts are possible through Friday. Expect slightly cooler temperatures Friday, although the relative humidity will remain low.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Increasing clouds with periods of wind gusts through the afternoon and evening. Isolated showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. A high of about 98.

    Thursday night… Isolated showers and thunderstorms during the evening. Otherwise, partly cloudy and a low around 65.

    Friday… Sunny and very warm, with a high near 92. Breezy periods.

  • Click for 7 Day Froecast Shower and thunderstorm activity will take a brief break Wednesday. But, the heat is definitely on duty.

    Warming temperatures continue to build in Wednesday, with highs mainly in the mid to lower 90s. Expect plenty of sunshine and a light breeze.

    Things remain fairly quiet this evening with a few high elevation storms. Otherwise, mostly clear with temperatures mainly in the 60s in the lower elevations early Thursday.

    Temperatures will be the warmest of the week on Thursday, with highs in the 90s to low 100s by later in the day.

    With a good amount of moisture, ample lift in the atmosphere, and good upper-level winds the table is set for strong to severe storms especially in areas East of Billings tomorrow afternoon and evening. Gusty winds and large hail are the biggest threats from the storms.

    Some of the region should be breezy on Friday, with cooler air moving in. Highs a be mainly in the upper 80s to mid 90s through early next week.

    Conditions remain fairly dry from Friday onward.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Sunny and hot, with a high of about 94. Winds light at 5 to 10 mph.

    Wednesday night… Mostly clear with a low at around 65.

    Thursday… Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. A slight risk of late day showers and thunderstorms.

  • Click for 7 day Forecast Storms will be isolated, but could be strong to severe.

    As a disturbance moves out of the region Tuesday morning, the sun will shine in temperatures will warm to the 80s to low 90s Tuesday afternoon. Those are about average temperatures for mid July.

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and this evening and continuing overnight.

    Some of the storms could be strong to severe, with gusty winds and large hail the biggest threats. This is most likely in areas from Billings toward the Dakotas.

    Drier conditions and warmer temperatures are expected for Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will be in the mid to lower 90s Wednesday, and mid 90s to low 100s across much of the area Thursday.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… A slight risk of morning showers and thunderstorms, otherwise sunny. A high near 89.

    Tuesday night… Mostly clear with a low at around 64. Isolated evening and overnight storms.

    Wednesday… Sunny and very warm, with a high of about 94.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Monday will be noticeably cooler than the weekend. Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms later in the day. But for a change, there may be more rain than wind.

    High temperatures for Monday and Tuesday will be mainly in the 80s to low 90s. Expect sunshine with a few clouds mixed in.

    The best chance for rain this week will be Monday evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms could persist through early Tuesday. Late Tuesday, isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible.

    Temperatures will begin to heat up again, with Thursday on track to be the hottest day of the week. Highs may reach the upper 90s.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Sunny early with increasing clouds in the afternoon. A high of about 87. A light East wind by the afternoon.

    Monday night… A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms during the evening, and then becoming mostly clear overnight. A low near 61.

    Tuesday… Sunny to mostly sunny, with a high around 89. Light northerly wind.

  • The heat remains through the weekend, with hit and miss chances for thunderstorms. There may be some relief early next week.

    A weak disturbance moving to the area could create an isolated shower or thunderstorm Friday. The biggest threat will be gusty winds with some of the stronger storms.

    Expect a hot and dry Friday with temperatures in the 90s to low 100s. Other than around the isolated storms, it will be sunny with a light North wind.

    Saturday will remain very hot. Highs will still be in the 90s to low 100s.

    A strong low will crash our Ridge of high pressure on Sunday. That could push the temperatures upward before the disturbance moves through. By the afternoon and evening, scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop along in behind a cold front.

    With highs in the 80s to around 90, early next week will be closer to average seasonal temperatures. Scattered isolated storms are still possible each afternoon.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Isolated morning showers or thunderstorms, otherwise sunny and hot. A high around 98.

    Friday night… Mostly clear with a low of about 66.

    Saturday… Sunny and hot with a high near 99. A few clouds develop by the evening.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Temperatures will take a significant leap upward Thursday, and remain hot through the weekend. Any storms will be isolated, but have the potential to be strong.

    Temperatures Thursday will run about 5 to 15° hotter than they were Wednesday afternoon. Readings of be mainly into the 90s, with lots of sunshine. Winds will be light from the South.

    A few isolated storms could develop late today, especially in areas well East of Billings. As with most of the recent storms, gusty winds and hail remain the biggest hazards.

    Temperatures will remain in the mid-90s to low-100s each day across the area through Sunday. Expect a 20% chance of a shower thunderstorm each day.

    High-based storms could produce gusty winds.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Sunny and hot with a light South breeze. Around 98 for a high.

    Thursday night… Mostly clear with a near 68.

    Friday… Mostly sunny and hot with a high again at about 98. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon that could produce gusty winds.

  • 7 Day Forecast Wednesday is shaping up to be a pretty pleasant day as we escape much of the heat. But don’t get used to it.

    Just a bit of an East breeze picks up through the afternoon, helping to hold back the chance of showers and thunderstorms and bringing temperatures down to the 80s for one more afternoon. A few isolated storms will develop in the mountains and foothills.

    Expect a quiet evening, with temperatures mainly into the upper 50s to low 60s early Thursday.

    The heat returns Thursday, with most of the area around 10° hotter than Wednesday afternoon. Hot and generally dry conditions returned through the weekend.

    Highs will be mainly in the 90s and flirting with low 100s through Sunday.

    Moisture from the Desert Southwest will wrap around our high-pressure Ridge. That will bring the risk of the few high-based thunderstorms through the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Easterly breeze in the afternoon 5 to 15 mph.

    Wednesday night… Partly to mostly clear, with a low of about 63.

    Thursday… Sunny and hot, and around 98 for a high.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Tuesday turns into a bit of a break from the heat. But that break doesn’t last long.

    Behind last night’s cold front, temperatures will take a bit of a drop today. Readings will still remain above seasonal averages, but afternoon highs will be into the 80s to low 90s.

    The Billings airport could stay below 90° for the first time since July 1.

    Expect the mostly sunny afternoon, with a light breeze.

    Overnight, readings will be into the 50s to low 60s and generally partly to mostly clear.

    By Wednesday afternoon, temperatures will trend slightly warmer. Readings into the upper 90s to 100s are possible from Thursday onward through the weekend.

    A few disturbances over the next several days could bring an isolated shower thunderstorm. But, the overall trend is very warm and dry.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly sunny and a little cooler, with a high of about 88.

    Tuesday night… Clear to partly clear with a light breeze. Around 62 for the low.

    Wednesday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high near 91.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast With conditions similar to Thursday, expect Friday to be very warm with the risk of late-day thunderstorms. Don’t expect significant changes anytime soon.

    Wind gusts of 50 to over 60 mph were recorded with thunderstorms Thursday evening. Tree damage and down power lines resulted.

    A similar pattern of high day storms producing gusty winds is brewing for today, but the storm should be much more isolated.

    Otherwise, expect sunshine mix with a few clouds. High temperatures will be mainly in the 90s, and winds will be light other than near thunderstorms.

    As a high-pressure Ridge become centered under the Western US on Saturday, temperatures will hit upper 90s to triple digits.

    Hot again on Sunday, but a slightly better chance of thunderstorms that could produce at least a bit of rain by the evening.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mostly sunny and hot, with a high of 96. Light westerly breeze shifts to the North in the afternoon. Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms with the potential of gusty winds.

    Friday night… Isolated evening thunderstorms. Partly cloudy with a low around 66.

    Saturday… Sunny and hot with a high of about 100.