Q2 Weather: Shifting weather pattern to bring cooler start to the week

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-12 18:49:45-04

We got one more day of scorching heat out of the well established ridge that built over the state over the last week. Temperatures this afternoon matched those of yesterday, topping out at 102 degrees.

Yesterday’s high was a daily temperature record, but today the record was 104, set all the way back in 1940.

A low pressure system and associated cold front will help flatten that ridge out and bring some cooler air back into Montana to start the work wee.

I have us on the board for something right around the 80 degree mark on Monday and Tuesday before a little more heat builds in to finish the week.

Next weekend is looking rainy right now, but that is still a long ways out, we will keep an eye on that as we go over the course of this week. There will be chances for some scattered storms at various points across the week.

The chief concerns with these storms are likely dry lightning strikes and potential for more fire starts, however the slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity values are a positive factor on that front.