BILLINGS — California wildfire smoke is still in the area Tuesday, but the risk of local wildfires also increases.
Despite a slip in the temperatures Tuesday, afternoon highs remain above season averages. High will range from the upper 80s near the higher terrain to the upper 90s in the eastern plains.
The warm temperatures combine with low humidity and the risk of thunderstorms that could produce 40 to 50 mph wind gusts during the afternoon and evening. The trio increases the risk of wildfire starts that could spread.
The risk of thunderstorms decreases by late Tuesday evening with temperatures decreasing to the 50s-mid 60s early Wednesday. A chance of afternoon and evening storms returns Wednesday.
The trend is for drier and cooling conditions Thursday and Friday. Expect a spike in temperatures Saturday back to the 90s before temperatures go into a free fall early next week. Highs will be in the 60s to mid-70s Monday.
Wildfire smoke looks to be the heaviest through Wednesday.
Tuesday… Mostly sunny with a high near 92. Increasing afternoon clouds bring a slight chance of thunderstorms that produce gusty winds.
Tuesday night… Scattered showers and thunderstorms during the evening. Some will produce gusty winds. Low about 62.
Wednesday… Mostly sunny early with another round of showers and storms possible later in the in day. High about 89.