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Q2 Weather: Cool Saturday but a hot week ahead

Posted at 6:05 AM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 08:58:56-04

BILLINGS — Get ready to adjust that thermostat a lot through the weekend.

High temperatures Friday will be mainly in the mid 70s to mid 80s, or pretty close to where readings were Thursday afternoon in most locations. Expect some to start with increasing clouds during the afternoon and evening.

Scattered to isolated showers and thunderstorms will become more numerous overnight through Saturday morning. Most of the storms will favor areas from Billings to the north and east.

Saturday will be much cooler behind a cold front that passes through Friday night through Saturday morning. High temperatures will only be in the 60s in the Eastern plains, and 70s from Billings in the mountain foothills.

Sunday, a high-pressure ridge quickly builds in bringing sunshine and highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s. A period of the hotter than average temperatures stretches well into the week, with highs mainly in the 90s in the lower elevations through at least Thursday.

While next week’s temperatures remain very warm, and conditions are generally rain free, the humidity will be higher than average.

Billings forecast:

Friday… Sunny with a high near 86. West wind 10 to 20 mph.

Friday night…. Increasing clouds with a low near 57. Scattered showers and thunderstorms especially after midnight.

Saturday… Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Clouds decreasing into the afternoon with a high of about 74.