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Much quieter weather pattern developing

Generally cooler and drier conditions are moving in for the next several days.


High temperatures today will be mainly in the mid 70s to mid 80s across Montana, with some mid to upper 80s across northern Wyoming. Expect sunshine and a light wind.


A few isolated storms will move out of northern Wyoming around Sheridan into Southeast Montana this evening.


By Thursday afternoon and evening, a few storms will rumble through the Bighorn mountains and Beartooth range. Otherwise, mainly dry conditions will continue through the end of the week.


Temperatures will be slightly warmer on Thursday, with highs 85 to 90. Friday, afternoon high temperatures are on track to be about 10° hotter.


Billings forecast:


Wednesday… Sunny with a high near 84. Light wind. Some patchy smoke is possible.


Wednesday night… Mostly clear with a low around 60.


Thursday… Sunny again, with a high about 87.

Humid and hot day has potential for severe storms

A hot and humid day turns into a chance of strong to severe storms.


Despite high humidity, temperatures move well into the 90s later Tuesday afternoon. Expect plenty of sunshine to start, with increasing clouds in the afternoon.


Scattered thunderstorms will develop along a cold front that moved through the area during the afternoon and early evening. Strong wind gusts will be the main threat, with areas of hail and heavy rain also possible.


Thunderstorms will end late Tuesday evening, with much cooler and mainly dry conditions developing.


Expect highs mainly in the 80s with sunshine on Wednesday and Thursday.


The heat returns Friday, with high temperatures moving up well in the 90s.


Billings forecast:


Tuesday… Mostly sunny to start with increasing afternoon clouds. A high near 98. Southwest wind 5 to 15 miles an hour. A chance of thunderstorms develops in the afternoon, and some could be severe.


Tuesday night… A chance of thunderstorms during the evening hours. Some storms could be severe with damaging winds being the biggest threat. Some storms could have large hail or heavy rain. Clearing overnight, with a low near 64.


Wednesday… Sunshine with a high near 85. A light wind shifts from the West to the North during the afternoon.

Here comes the heat, and a few other things

Friday will be hot and dry. But that is not our only concern.


As advertised, Friday will be hot with temperatures mainly in the 90s and some triple digits. For much of the area, it will be the hottest day so far this year.


An isolated high-based thunderstorms could develop in the mountains this afternoon, and could spread as far East as Billings. The threat from these storms will be gusty winds.


Some smoke from wildfires in Colorado and Utah will likely filter into the area. Otherwise, expect to sunny afternoon.


A cold front moves to the area Saturday afternoon with another chance for isolated thunderstorms that could produce a bit of rain and more wind gusts.


Highs will be mainly in the mid to lower 90s Saturday, and upper 80s to low 90s on Sunday with mainly sunny afternoons and warm overnights. Lows will be mainly in the 60s.


Billings forecast:


Friday… Sunny and hot with a high near 99. Southerly breeze 5 to 15 miles an hour. There could be some smoke. Isolated storms could produce gusty winds in the afternoon.


Friday night… Mostly clear with a warm overnight low around 66. Isolated evening storms could produce gusty winds.


Saturday… Sunny and hot with a high of about 93. Isolated afternoon storms have a slight chance of rain but mainly gusty winds.

Hot and dry for a while

The warmest and driest conditions so far of the season start today.


High temperatures will be well into the 80s today with lots of sunshine. Some locations will break into the 90s, especially through northern Wyoming.


Isolated high elevation storms especially for the mountains of northern Wyoming could develop during the afternoon and evening.


Relative humidity numbers will continue to slip over the next few days, as temperatures heat up and conditions dry out.


Highs on Friday climb into the 90s and could even reach the triple digits in a few locations. That will be the hottest day in the short-term.


Highs will stay in the 80s and 90s through the weekend, with lows in the 50s and 60s. Expect the dry and hot pattern to continue into next week.


Billings forecast:


Thursday… Sunny and hot with a high near 89. Just a light breeze.


Thursday night… Mostly cloudy with a low of about 64.


Friday… Sunny and hot with a high that may reach 100. Westerly breeze 5 to 10 mph.

Hot and dry weather coming soon

Celebrations will be a little on the cool side for the Fourth of July.  But the heat will follow.


With highs mainly in the 70s Wednesday, temperatures will be running about 5 to 10° cooler than average for this time of the year. But with sunshine and a light wind, condition should be pleasant.


Be aware that winds will be stronger in northeastern Montana and could cost some choppy waters on Fort Peck Reservoir.


For Thursday, temperatures warm well into the 80s to low 90s and mostly dry conditions continue.


By Friday, highs are hitting the 90s to triple digits and humidity numbers will start to drop.


Temperatures will remain near or warmer than average next week with little chance of rainfall.


Billings forecast:


Independence Day… Sunny with a high near 78. Light East breeze.


Wednesday night… Mostly clear with temperatures at about 56 for the low.


Thursday… Sunny and hotter with a high around 90.

More severe storms could develop this evening

After busy Monday night with severe storms, more could be on the way Tuesday evening.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms can be expected again Tuesday evening and overnight. So the storms could once again produce damaging winds and hail.

Most of the afternoon highs will be in the 70s, but could range from the 60s in areas like Harlowton and Livingston, to the low 80s in Eastern Montana closer to the Dakotas.

Clouds will increase bringing a chance of strong to severe storms from the mountain foothills West of Billings to pretty much anywhere in Southeast Montana.

Much as we saw last night, storm cells will be smaller but pack a punch.

For Independence Day, highs will be in the 70s to low 80s with lots of sun. That is a little cooler than average.

A much warmer pattern is expected over the weekend, with Friday likely be the hottest day the area has seen so far in 2018. Highs well in the 90s to even triple digits possible.


Billings forecast:

Tuesday… Mostly sunny with isolated afternoon storms. High near 74.

Tuesday night… Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms during the evening through about midnight. Then gradually becoming mostly clear. A low of about 49.

Independence Day… Sunny with a high near 79.