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Q2 Weather: A typical summer weather pattern this week in Montana

Posted at 2:33 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 16:33:54-04

BILLINGS-  It is a typical summertime pattern here in Billings Monday with mostly cloudy skies around the mountains but mostly sunny skies in the Billings area.

Temperatures aren’t too bad either. In the early afternoon, here in Billings we are already into the low 80s and probably going to go a little bit higher before the day is done.

Around the rest of the state of temperatures are mostly into the 70s and 80s no matter where you look, which is typical for summer in Montana.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Monday does show some isolated thunderstorms possible across the southern part of the state.

Plus, we also have a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms in southwest Montana and western Wyoming.

There is also a Red Flag Warning for southwestern Montana because we have a threat of dry thunderstorms in that area Monday.

Any new lightning strikes could cause the dry brush in that area to explode in the flames rapidly.

At the moment, the Doppler radar shows scattered light rain showers tracking across southern Beaverhead County and tracking into northern Wyoming.

The showers are traveling around the upper-level, high-pressure cell over the Great Basin area, which is sending a lot of the showers up toward northern Wyoming and southern Montana.

However, it looks like most of the showers will stay around the Beartooth Mountains Monday and not break out onto the plains this afternoon.

The next big chance for showers and thunderstorms moving into Yellowstone County appears to be around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

After that, it looks like most of the moisture continues to move out of the area.

Temps will probably stay in the 80s for the rest of Monday and then start to work their way back up to the 90s Tuesday.

The temps are expected to stay in the 90s for the rest of the week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

 TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and mild. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 63 degrees.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and hotter. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 94 degrees.

 WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and continued hot. West winds 5 to 10 mph in the morning.