BILLINGS- It’s Friday afternoon in Billings, and the temperature is going skyward. The temperature was already up to 96 degrees in Billings at 2:30 p.m..
Heat is the big story, and we have a Heat Advisory across much of the northern part of the state that extends all the way down to the Beartooth foothills.
There we could see 100 to 105 degrees through 9 p.m.. plus we have an Excessive Heat Warning for the extreme eastern edge of the state until midnight Saturday morning.
This Excessive Heat Warning means they’ll be an increased risk of heat related illnesses due to prolonged exposure to the high heat.
We also have a Fire Weather Warning and a Fire Weather Watch across all of Montana into the weekend. High winds, high heat and low humidity will all come together to create erratic fire behavior.
These are some of the record high temperatures from around the state today that could fall.
So far at 2:30 p.m. Great Falls is only 2 degrees shy of tying the record. Miles City is 4 degrees shy of doing that and Billings is 6 degrees shy of tying its high temperature record for the day.
The Doppler radar and satellite shows not a cloud in the sky or rain drop to be found anywhere in the state.
The high resolution computer model shows the same thing until about Saturday afternoon, when a weak cold front moves to the state.
It could bring some cloudy skies in the west and a slight chance of rain out there.
TONIGHT: Excessive heat warning in effect until midnight Saturday night. Mostly clear and warm. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 65 degrees.
SATURDAY: Sunny and extremely warm. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 103 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 15 mph in the morning becoming northerly in the afternoon. High 96 degrees.