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Q2 Billings Area Weather: More area storms Thursday

Relief from the heat is in sight
Posted at 5:15 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 08:23:47-04

BILLINGS — Another day with the chance of thunderstorms Thursday before Friday and Saturday turn sunny and dry.

Clouds will increase through the day with Thursday afternoon highs into the 80s in the mountain foothills in the upper 90s in the Eastern Plains. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will move from the mountain foothills near Livingston to the Eastern Plains during the afternoon and evening hours.

Wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph are expected around thunderstorms. But as we saw around Red Lodge and in areas of Northern Wyoming on Wednesday, hail is possible as well.

Friday will be dry and sunny with high temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s. Saturday will be the hottest day in the short term, with highs well into the 90s with some triple digits possible.

Expect some increase in wildfire smoke Thursday.

The overall trend will be somewhat cooler and more unsettled next week. By Wednesday, highs will slip into the 80s with scattered isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Billings forecast:

Thursday… Increasing clouds with a high near 93. A chance of showers or thunderstorms that could create gusty winds in the afternoon and evening.

Thursday night… A chance of evening showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds possible. Partly to mostly cloudy overnight with the temperature at about 62 early Friday.

Friday… Sunny, warm and dry with a high around 91.