BILLINGS- When you see this kind of haze outside, you can tell it’s starting to get very hot, or at least very humid outside. Already in the early afternoon, the temperature in Billings has soared to 92 degrees.
Around the rest of the state, our temps are mostly in the 80s and 90s and kind of intermixed. However, it was all low 90s in northern Wyoming.
The thunderstorm outlook for Tuesday does show a marginal risk of severe storms from Missoula past Billings, all the way past Treasure County and up toward Glasgow.
Beyond that, we expect isolated thundershowers or thunderstorms.
The Doppler radar shows the jet stream continues to start in the west-central part of the state, arching up over Glasgow and back in toward South Dakota.
In the early afternoon, we are seeing a few light rain showers in west-central Montana and a few instability showers developing over the Beartooth Mountains.
Cooler air at the top of the mountains will start pushing these thunderstorms down onto the plains later Tuesday night and they could actually go a little bit farther than they did Monday night.
At this point, the storms are little weaker than Monday’s, but there’s still plenty of time to build up into strong and severe thunderstorms as temperatures continue to go skyward.
Our high-resolution forecast model shows most of the thunderstorms will stay in the mountains at 6 p.m. and then make their way into the Billings area about 10:30 p.m.
It will still be raining a little bit Wednesday morning. Then we catch a break in the action, and the next batch of rain moves in about 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The temperature in Billings will continue to soar into the mid-90s Tuesday evening and roll back down to the low 70s in the morning and back to the mid-90s Wednesday and top out at 98 degrees.
After that, our temps will stay in the low 90s for the rest of the week and start next week in the mid-80s.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Southeast winds 5 to 10 miles per the evening shifting to the Southwest overnight. Low 68 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 98 degrees.
THURSDAY: Sunny and not quite as hot. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 90 degrees.