Q2 Weather: Sunny skies mean higher temps in Billings area with thunderstorms possible later Thursday

Posted at 3:24 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 17:24:06-04

BILLINGS- It is a beautiful early afternoon in Billings again Thursday. However, it is a little bit on the toasty side. In fact, our temperature at 1:30 p.m. was 89 degrees already.

Around the rest of the state. temperatures are mostly into the 80s in eastern Montana, 70s to low 80s out west with 90s across northern Wyoming at Cody and Worland.

The thunderstorm outlook for Thursday does show a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms popping up from Bozeman to Billings.

The elevated heat could give the extra lift we need for the storms to go severe, and should they tap into the jet stream, they could make a beeline right into the Billings area.

In the early afternoon in Billings, the Doppler radar was showing a few scattered thunderstorms developing around Cody and into the Beartooth Mountains.

This is where we expect to see thunderstorms start to fire up Thursday. Then eventually they will break out onto the plains and bring us a chance for some thunderstorms in the Billings area.

The high-resolution forecast model shows those showers could start developing and push their way to the Billings area around 6 p.m. and then another batch moves in around 10 p.m.

We should be dry Friday morning, then another batch of showers and thunderstorms will push their way through the area by 10 p.m. Friday.

Our temperatures are expected to get back up into the low 90s at 2:30 p.m., then drop back down into the 60s in the morning and back up to 84 degrees by 1:30 p.m. Friday.

We will actually top out at 88 degrees on Friday, then up to 94 degrees on Sunday. We roll it back into the mid-80s by the middle part of next week.


TONIGHT: Turning cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the early evening. The chance for more rain overnight but clearing by 3 a.m. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 62 degrees.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. High 88 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 90 degrees.