BILLINGS — Thursday will be hotter with a chance of thunderstorms, but fire weather concerns increase on Friday.
Thursday will be the hottest day in the short-term, with highs in the mid 90s around Billings and upper 90s to the east. Clouds will increase through the afternoon from west to east.
Scattered thunderstorms will develop Thursday afternoon and evening with strong gusty winds and spotty rainfall. Somewhere in Southeast Montana could see hail.
A cold front moving through overnight through Friday morning will notch the temperatures down mainly to the 80s. Areas north the Billings from around Harlowton and Roundup toward Canada will see the driest and windiest conditions Friday, increasing wildfire risk.
Areas south of Billings could see some late day thunderstorms Friday.
An extended period of dry weather with a highs mainly in the 80s and the lows hovering around 60 will carry us into early next week.
Thursday… Increasing clouds with a high of about 95. A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening that could produce gusty winds.
Thursday night… Scattered isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening and partly to mostly clear overnight. Near 64 for the low.
Friday… Sunny and dry with a high around 89.