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Q2 Weather: Smoky and hot with a chance of a thunderstorm for south-central Montana

Posted at 2:32 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 16:32:30-04

BILLINGS – Smoky skies and warmer temperatures seem to be settling in on the Billings area Thursday.

The temperature in Billings at 2 p.m. was 90 degrees. However, we had already been to 92 degrees as early as 4:52 a.m.

Billings had a heat burst this morning where temperature jumped from 75 degrees at 4 a.m. to 92 degrees at 4:52 a.m. After that, the temps rolled back to the mid-70s.

Downsloping winds off the Beartooth Mountains compressed the air that was here and heated it up and then the temperature jumped up to 92 degrees.

A Red Flag Warning covers most of the rest of the state, Thursday and again on Friday.

Low humidity and high winds could cause fires to spread rapidly. If a wildfire gets going, we can expect those fires to burn out of control in a hurry.

And here’s another problem to add to our list: there’s a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms from the southwest corner the state all the way to Billings.

The Doppler radar already shows a few showers and thunderstorms making their way up the Beartooth and Absaroka mountains Thursday afternoon.

Like this morning, we are expecting downsloping winds to evaporate some of the rain and cause the storms to fall apart before they get to Billings.

The high resolution computer model is showing just that, as the storms make their way into Stillwater County and Western Yellowstone County they fall apart.

We expect an instant replay of this tomorrow at 6 p.m. for Billings and south-central Montana.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Decreasing clouds with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the early evening. Some showers are possible overnight. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 63 degrees.

FRIDAY: Sunny in the morning then partly sunny with a 40% chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph in the morning becoming northeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. High 89 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and not as hot. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 82 degrees.