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Q2 Billings Area Weather: Wind highlights Wednesday's weather

Hot and dry conditions add to fire risk
Posted at 5:18 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 07:54:12-04

BILLINGS — Hot dry and windy weather highlights for Wednesday, with big changes each day through the Labor Day weekend.

Hot and dry Wednesday as temperatures will move into the upper 80s to mid 90s for the afternoon. Strong winds will develop at 25 to 35 mph over a broad area with top wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Even stronger winds are expected in the mountain foothills from Livingston/Big Timber/Harlowton.

With relative humidity numbers dropping to the teens by the afternoon, critical wildfire conditions will develop. A cold front moving through the area will keep the winds blowing through the evening hours.

Thursday will be quieter but still warm. Highs will be mainly in the 80s with sunshine and lighter winds.

Expect very warm temperatures Friday and Saturday, with Saturday’s highs approaching record highs in the upper 90s. Just as quickly, temperatures drop down into the 60s and 70s early next week with area rain showers expected on Labor Day and still cool and showery on Tuesday.

Billings forecast:

Wednesday… Sunny and hot with a high near 94. A westerly wind will increase to 20 to 35 miles an hour in the afternoon with top wind gusts to 50 mph possible.

Wednesday night… Winds shift more northerly, and stay brisk through the evening. Winds could gust to 45 mph. Partly cloudy overnight with a low at about 51.

Thursday… Sunny with a light wind. A high near 86.