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Q2 Weather: More heat, smoke, and area storms still sound good for Billings

Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 18:48:09-04

BILLINGS- Can three negatives make a positive forecast?  Read on!

  • After a pleasant few days, temperatures get warmer on Thursday. As a cold front approaches, highs will reach mainly the mid-80s Thursday afternoon.  But that is typical for late August, and should stay comfortable.
  • Some wildfire smoke will return. It could cause some irritation, especially for those with respiratory problems. At the same time, it will hold temperatures back to comfortable levels in the 70s to low 80s through the Labor Day weekend.
  • A chance of a thunderstorm. As a cold front moves through tomorrow evening, some scattered showers or thunderstorms will develop.

But the bulk of the storm energy is hanging up in northern Montana.  That could create less rain and more brief wind gusts that will simply take the edge off the warmer temperatures.

Overall, the outlook through early next week is for continued dry conditions.  Expect sunny to partly sunny afternoons with cool but not cold overnights.

Highs will stay in the mid-70s to mid-80s and lows mid-40s to mid-50s through at least Tuesday.

Not bad for the last long weekend of the summer!

Billings forecast:

Wednesday night… Clear with a low of about 55.  Light wind.

Thursday… Mostly sunny with a high near 84.  Isolated late day storms possible producing some wind.

Friday through Tuesday… Continued dry with pleasant afternoons and cool mornings.