BILLINGS — The sun is out, and the temps are up. It's turning out to be a typical summertime day in Billings. Early Thursday afternoon, Billings has mostly sunny skies and 76 degrees with the northeast wind at 10 mph.
Around the rest of the state, the temps are mostly to the 70s, although it’s 69 degrees at Kalispell. And we see some low 80s in northern Wyoming.
The Doppler radar is kind of quiet, and most of the action continues to stay up in southern Canada. Although our high-resolution forecast model says we could see showers move across southern Montana Thursday.
In fact, we could start to see a few showers moving to the Bozeman area about 6 p.m., then track into the Billings area around 11:30 p.m.
From there, the showers move into Fallon County by early Friday morning.
At the same time, a fresh batch of showers and thunderstorms starts moving into west-central Montana Friday morning, then goes around Billings and produces heavy showers and thunderstorms in extreme eastern Montana Friday night.
On Saturday morning, all those showers move into the Dakotas, and we will be left with mostly sunny skies across all of Montana.
Tonight, temps will cool back down to the 40s and 50s and even a few low 60s in the southeast as those showers track across the area.
Then on Friday, our temps get back to the 70s and 80s with even a few low 90s at Broadus and Worland.
However, on Thursday night in Billings, we will top out at 84 degrees about 5:30 p.m. then cool back down to 59 in the morning and back up to 78 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Friday.
We will top out at 84 degrees on Friday, up to 96 on Sunday and back to the upper 70s and low 80s as we start next week.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear with a 20% chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms this evening. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 57 degrees.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for rain showers late in the morning. West winds 5 to 15 mph the morning increasing to the Northwest 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. High 84 degrees.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the East in the afternoon. High 90 degrees.