BILLINGS — The temperatures have cooled off Friday in Billings. In fact, we are not expecting very many 90s around the state all, but Billings could come close.
In the early afternoon, Billings has already pumped up to 87 degrees with the south wind at 6 mph.
Around the rest of the state, the temperatures are mostly into the 60s and 70s out west but 70s and 80s in the east. Jordan has even topping out at 90 degrees at 2 p.m.
The thunderstorm outlook for Friday shows isolated thundershowers possible all over Montana, but a marginal risk of severe storms is reserved for the extreme eastern edge of the state.
The Doppler radar shows a southwesterly flow of air again, and caught up in that flow are several thunderstorms and weather disturbances. So far, no storms are severe.
But we might see brief periods of heavy rain with occasional lightning and strong, gusty winds around the thunderstorms.
Most of the bigger storms are on the other side of the mountains Friday in western Montana.
Our high-resolution forecast model shows we could see spotty sprinkles in the afternoon around Billings, and again around 7 p.m., then mostly dry conditions overnight.
Saturday morning looks to be very dry, but we could see very heavy thunderstorms move into Billings and Yellowstone County about 6 p.m. Saturday.
Over the next 24 hours, our high temperature is expected remain mostly into the 80s. They then roll back down into the 60s in the morning and return to the low 80s over the weekend.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of light showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 62 percent.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. High 80 percent.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms are afternoon. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the West 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. High 80 percent.