Q2 Weather: Cooler Friday gives way to sunny long weekend

Posted at 5:06 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 07:54:25-04

Thursday’s cold front passed without any measurable precipitation, however the gusty winds we were talking about did play out as there was a 47 mph gust measured here in Billings and bigger numbers elsewhere along the path of the developing storms.

Today we are left in the cooler wake of that front and the whole state will see a below seasonal day with winds coming out of the northwest.

High temperatures here in Billings this afternoon in the upper 70s.

Skies will start cloudy but clear out across the morning hours and leave us with a sunny afternoon and evening.

Some shallow ridging builds in on Saturday and sets the stage for very pleasant conditions over the course of the long weekend.

In fact, this holiday weekend is shaping up to be one of the nicest in recent years. Only one other Labor Day weekend in the last 5 years has had all three days above 80 degrees and no measurable precipitation, (2013) as is currently forecast for us this weekend here in Billings.

In the three years from 2014-16 there was not a single day across the Saturday, Sunday or Monday of the long weekend over 75 degrees.

So this will be an excellent weekend to close off the summer months and get out and enjoy a camping trip, a sojourn to the links or some beverages on the patio. Happy Labor Day long Weekend!