BILLINGS — One more hot and dry day before cooler and wetter weather arrives.
Monday will be hot and dry with temperatures in the 80s to mid 90s. With afternoon humidity slipping, and some wind developing down the east slopes of the Rockies, fire risk will increase.
The Billings airport recorded a high of 95 Sunday, tying the Sept. 15 record set in 2000. Monday, highs would have to reach 94 to tie the 1979 daily record.
A cold front moves through the region Monday night bringing cooler temperatures Tuesday. Overnight readings will be mainly in the 50s, but daytime highs Tuesday will be mainly into the 60s in the mountain foothills, 70s around Billings, with some 80s in Eastern Montana.
Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday, especially east of Billings were strong to severe storms could develop.
Showers will come and go the rest of the week, but temperatures will remain cool with highs in the 60s and 70s through Sunday.
Monday… Sunny warm and dry with a high of about 92. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Monday night… Increasing clouds and mostly cloudy overnight. Low near 59. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Tuesday… Starting with a mix of sun and clouds, and increasing to a 60% chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms develops during the afternoon. Winds increase to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.