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Q2 Billings Area Weather: Fire concerns rise with gusty winds

Warmer temperatures and low humidity add to fire threat
Posted at 5:14 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 07:14:56-04

BILLINGS — Fall weather shifts back to summer temperatures and brings the wind along to increase wildfire risk.

After a couple of days of cooler temperatures, Tuesday afternoon readings move back to average for early September. Reading in the upper 70s to mid-80s will blanket eastern Montana and northern Wyoming with sunshine and wind.

Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph could gust 40 mph or more Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Wednesday looks warmer and windier overall with highs reaching the upper 80s to low 90s.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday are sunny, warm and dry. The current trend is back to cooler temperatures on Sunday and for Labor Day on Monday.

Billings forecast:

Tuesday… Sunny with a high of about 83. Westerly wind 15 to 25 mph increasing in the afternoon.

Tuesday night… Mostly clear and slipping to around 58 for a low.

Wednesday… Sunny, hot and windy. High near 92.