Q2 Weather: Your Independence Day holiday planning starts here

Posted at 5:32 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 07:55:24-04

BILLINGS – The chance of showers and thunderstorms sticks around all this week. There is the potential for severe weather for the next couple of days.

Monday looks to be the warmest day until perhaps late in the weekend, with highs mainly in the mid to upper 80s in the lower elevations. Expect more sun early, with clouds bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the afternoon and evening hours.

While the overall chance of showers and thunderstorms is lower Monday afternoon and evening, storms that do develop have the potential for very heavy rain, gusty winds, and large hail.

Tuesday has the best overall chance of strong to severe storms, especially in areas East of Billings. Highs will be mainly in the upper 70s to low 80s.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, expect highs mainly in the 70s. That is about 8 to 10 degrees cooler than seasonal averages.

Each of those three days, and particularly on Independence Day, there will be scattered showers and thunderstorms. The chance of rain is higher the end of the week, but the risk of damaging storms is somewhat lower than Monday and Tuesday.

Billings forecast:

Monday… Mostly sunny early with increasing afternoon clouds. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Some storms could turn severe. High around 85.

Monday night… Isolated evening storms that could be severe. Otherwise, partly cloudy with a low of about 60.

Tuesday… Increasing clouds with a 40% chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Storms that do develop have the potential for heavy rain, large hail, and damaging winds. Near 85 for the high.