HELENA- Blue skies and warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the next several days.
In the early afternoon, Billings had plenty of sunshine and temperatures just itching to get back up into the 80s, and it should happen before the day is done.
In fact, much of Montana is enjoying mostly sunny skies and much warmer temperatures on Thursday.
Even in western Montana, the temps were already into the mid-80s at Missoula.
But before we get too carried away, our thunderstorm outlook for Thursday shows isolated showers possible across the extreme southern edge of the state.
We did see a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms in the Interstate 25 corridor of north-central Wyoming later this evening.
Until then, the Doppler radar shows a few showers and thunderstorms starting to fire up south of Cody, but most of Montana is enjoying mostly sunny skies today.
We do have a heat advisory beginning at 11 a.m. Friday for the northeast corner of Montana and going until 8 p.m. There, temperatures of 95 to 100 degrees are possible.
The high resolution forecast model shows the showers firing up in by Cody will then track due east across northern Wyoming by 10 p.m.
Mostly sunny skies are on tap for both Montana and Wyoming on Friday.
Tonight: Mostly clear and warm. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming southwesterly overnight. Low 63 degrees.
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 99 degrees.
Saturday: Sunny and continued hot. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning becoming northeasterly in the afternoon. High 94 degrees.