BILLINGS — Whoa, what a difference a weekend can make. Look at that beautiful blue sky in Billings with sunshine and very little smoke.
In the early afternoon the temperature was 69 degrees in Billings with a south wind at 7 mph.
Around the rest of the state the temps are mostly into the 60s and 70s and a few more places will be getting into the 70s, very shortly.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows generally dry skies with a few wispy high clouds in the northwest the southeast and the rest will see mostly sunny skies.
The high-resolution forecast model shows mostly sunny skies throughout the rest of Monday.
Then by Tuesday evening, a new cold front drops down from Canada and will bring some slightly cooler temperatures that night.
Once that moves out of the way and we start warming back up for Wednesday night and Thursday as a warm front sweep across the state and pushes most of the cold air back into the Great Plains.
We will be at 78 degrees at 5:30 p.m. tonight, cooling back down into the low 50s in the morning and back up to 75 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
We will top out at 85 on Tuesday, cool back down to 80 on Wednesday and up to 86 on Thursday.
A strong cold front drops in Thursday night and Friday morning and then we roll the temperatures back to 66 degrees on Friday and Saturday. Then up to 74 on Sunday.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and chilly. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph the evening shifting to the Southwest overnight. Low 49°.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. High 85°.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 80°.