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Q2 Weather: Summer is winning the battle of the seasons in the Billings area

Posted at 2:31 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 16:31:10-04

BILLINGS — We have just a few partly cloudy skies in what otherwise is a very nice day here in Billings. In the early afternoon, it’s 73 degrees with a northwest wind at 14 mph.

Around the rest of the state, the temps are mostly into the 60s out west and a mixture 60s and 70s back east, with all 70s in northern Wyoming.

The only issue we have a threat board is a Flood Warning for the Clark fork River north of Missoula. There, the river is about 6 inches out of its banks and forecast to crest at another foot higher on Sunday.

Right now, the Doppler radar shows scattered rain showers moving into western Montana, adding to the flooding issues around Missoula.

From there, the jet stream takes the showers to the south-central part of the state.

However, the high-resolution forecast model shows those showers will probably stay right along the state line with Wyoming and not come close to the Billings area Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Even on Thursday, we will probably just see a few clouds and sun breaks, but no showers are expected.

Our temps will continue to stay in the 70s through the rest of Tuesday afternoon, then drop back down to the 50s in the morning and up to 67 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

We will top out at 72 on Wednesday, then roll it back to 69 on Thursday and slowly work our way up to 93 degrees by Sunday afternoon.

Should we get that warm, we will actually break a record of 92 degrees set in 1940.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain showers overnight. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 54 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Decreasing clouds with a 20% chance for rain showers. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the Northeast in the afternoon. High 72 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph high 69 degrees.