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Q2 Weather: More hot and mainly dry days

Wildfire conditions are a concern
Posted at 5:42 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 08:03:03-04

BILLINGS — A Heat Advisory and a Red Flag Warning for fire weather conditions are in effect Tuesday.

Tuesday will be back to the mid-90s to triple digits with low humidity in the afternoon. Winds will be stronger, especially east of Billings increasing fire weather concerns.

West of Billings, isolated to scattered mainly dry thunderstorms could produce wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph. This, combined with lightning, will increase fire risk as well.

Temperatures will cool a few degrees each afternoon through the end of the work week, and the humidity will start to go back up. Despite this, the chance of afternoon and evening mainly dry thunderstorms keeps the risk of fires up through Thursday.

Temperatures will settle into the upper 80s to mid 90s from Wednesday onward with the risk of showers and thunderstorms disappearing over the weekend.

Billings forecast:

Tuesday… Mostly sunny and hot with a high close to 98. Isolated afternoon and evening storms could produce gusty winds.

Tuesday night… Scattered isolated mainly dry thunderstorms in the evening. Slipping to about 65 for the overnight low.

Wednesday… A mix of clouds and sunshine with high near 94. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms again will produce mainly gusty winds and lightning during the afternoon and evening.