BILLINGS — After a very hot and blistering weekend, Monday turned out a little cooler in south-central Montana. In the Billings area, it's 72 degrees in the early afternoon with partly cloudy skies.
The main difference was a new cold front that moved through overnight Sunday and knocked us out of the mid-90s and into the 60s Monday morning.
Around the rest of the state, the temps are mostly to the 60s and 70s with most of the 60s were out in the west and the 70s back in the east.
The Doppler radar shows little is left of that cold front that moved through Sunday night.
We see a few showers lingering around the state line with Wyoming and also over in eastern Montana. Those showers are moving away from Billings and heading into the Dakotas.
The high-resolution forecast model suggests we will see partly cloudy skies the rest of Monday, then mostly sunny skies throughout much of Tuesday, even on into Wednesday.
A new low-pressure cell continues to spin in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. This could produce a few spotty rain showers across the Hi-Line over the next 48 hours.
However, we think those showers will continue to stay far away from Billings. Monday night, our temps will continue to be somewhat cooler into the 40s and 50s across south-central and eastern Montana.
On Tuesday, the temps will warm back up into the 70s and low 80s across much of the region.
We expect to top out at 79 degrees Monday evening, then cool back down into the 50s overnight and back to the 70s again Tuesday afternoon.
We will warm up to 80 degrees on Tuesday, keep climbing to 94 degrees by Thursday then roll it back into the 80s as we head into the weekend.
TONIGHT: Becoming clear and cooler. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 52 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and continued mild. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 80 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. West winds 5 to 10 mph. High 87 degrees.