Q2 Weather: Hot and smoky ahead of cooler and wetter weekend

Posted at 5:17 AM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 07:17:24-04

More hot and dry conditions before cold front changes everything.


High temperatures on Thursday and Friday will reach the mid to lower 90s in the lower elevations. Expect plenty of afternoon sun, with increasing wildfire smoke.


With hot temperatures and low humidity in place, gusty winds ahead of a cold front by Friday afternoon and evening increase wildfire risk.


Expect thunderstorm activity to increase from West to East Friday afternoon through early Saturday. Initial storms will be dry with gusty winds. But a better chance for rain will develop Saturday and Sunday all across the area.


Billings forecast:


Thursday… Sunny and hot with areas of smoke. A high near 94. West breeze 5 to 15 mph.


Thursday night… Areas of smoke. Otherwise, mostly clear with a low of about 62.


Friday… Sunny and hot once again. A high near 94. More smoke and haze.