It is Friday afternoon in the big sky, and that sky looks a little hazy, not from the smoke but from stagnant air.
The reason the air is stagnant is that we don’t have very much wind to blow it out of the way.
But the temperatures are cooking up into the upper 80s at this hour, and they may even go higher before the day is done.
Around the rest of the state, temperatures are mostly into the 80s at this hour.
Our thunderstorm Outlook shows just a few isolated thunderstorms possible in the extreme southwest corner of the state.
Everywhere else we are expecting dry skies in Montana and Wyoming.
On the threat board, we do have a Red Flag Warning for high winds and low humidity, from the Rockies to north-central Montana down to Bozeman.
The Red Flag Warning is in effect for most of Saturday afternoon.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a very dry scope from one side of Montana to the other.
The High-Resolution forecast model does show a few scattered showers tracking across the state line with Wyoming on Saturday morning.
The rain could possibly expand into the Billings area later Saturday morning and that afternoon. Look for a few spotty sprinkles on Sunday morning.
Our temperatures are forecast to top out at 92 degrees on Saturday, 85 degrees on Sunday and work their way back to the 90s by the middle part of next week.
TONIGHT: Increasing clouds and mild, with an East wind at 5 to 10 mph. Low 65 degrees.
SATURDAY: Increasing clouds and continued warm with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. West winds 5 to 10 mph. High 92 degrees.
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and a little bit cooler. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 85 degrees.