Q2 Weather: Overall, things look pretty nice for eastern Montana

Posted at 4:26 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 18:43:03-04

BILLINGS- Get used to pleasant temperatures, sunny afternoons, and a break in the wildfire smoke for a few days.

Warm and dry conditions are ahead, with temperatures climbing.  Wednesday afternoon highs will be in the upper 70s and low 80s with Thursday a little warmer.

Thursday looks to be especially dry. Expect the warmest temperatures of the week and wind gusts developing around a cold front moving through later in the day. That front could produce isolated thunderstorms.

Those factors add up to at least increased wildfire risk, although conditions do not look critical.

Overall, the trend for the long weekend looks dry with highs in the 70s and 80s.

However, a disturbance from Canada has not made its intentions known yet.  If it decides to swing through the region, temperatures will trend a little cooler with a chance of stray showers and thunderstorms.

Watch the video above for the Labor Day weekend outlook.

Billings forecast:

Tuesday night… Mostly clear with a low of about 50. Light west breeze.

Wednesday… Sunny with a high near 81.

Thursday… Morning temperatures in the low 50s with increasing afternoon clouds.  High around 84.  Slight chance of late day thunderstorms or wind from nearby storms.