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Q2 Weather: Talk about the warm before the storm in Billings Wednesday

Billings hits 100 degrees for first time this year
Posted at 2:25 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 17:52:17-04

BILLINGS — Update 3:48 p.m. Billings recorded 100 degrees for the first time this season, according to the National Weather Service.

Congratulations, you have made it into midweek, along with our severe clear sky over Billings. The weather continues to be pretty toasty again Wednesday. Currently we are already into the upper 90s and expected to possibly reach triple digits.

Around the rest of the state temps are mostly into the 80s with a few low 90s out the west. Back in the east, we are into the 80s and a few low 90s, and the warm front has just begun to sweep across the state.

This means it could even get warmer before the day is over.

Our thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday does show a slight chance for a few isolated thunderstorms across the Hi-Line and the northeast corner of the state.

Plus, there is this: We have a Red Flag Warning from Canada down to Wyoming and Idaho. This means fire will spread very easily today as winds gust up to 35 mph, the temps get into the 90s and the humidity remains into the teens.

This red flag warning stays with us until midnight.

The Doppler radar does show we had a few isolated showers up in the northeast corner of the state. Those showers have since moved on into Canada and parts of North Dakota.

Our high-resolution forecast model shows we are expecting dry conditions in the Billings area throughout the rest of the afternoon and into early Thursday.

By late in the day Thursday, we could see a few isolated showers do an end run around the Billings area. And then on Friday, a new wave of moisture moves in and will bring rain off and on to the region for the next several days.

Our temperatures are forecast to get up to 100 degrees this afternoon, but thanks to a new cold front overnight, we cool back down to 90 on Thursday and eventually into the 70s over the weekend.


TONIGHT: Mostly clear, dry and still mild. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and not as hot. West winds 5 to 10 mph the morning shifting to the East in the afternoon. High 90 degrees.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a 40% chance for showers in the morning and then showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Look for an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms overnight. North winds 5 to 10 mph. High 81 degrees.