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Q2 Weather: The heat wave begins in Montana Friday

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 18:27:10-04

BILLINGS — On this Friday in the Big Sky, the sun is out, the pools are open, and the kids are having a good time. The early afternoon temperature Billings was 84 degrees with an east wind at six mph.

Around the rest of the state the current temps are mostly into the 70s and 80s with a few 90s over at Sheridan and Worland, Wyoming.

The thunderstorm outlook for Friday shows a marginal risk of severe storms in the northwest corner the state with stray storms just behind that.

For Saturday there is still a marginal risk of severe storms in the northwest, but we could see some stray storms in central Montana with a marginal risk of severe storms in eastern Montana.

The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows there is a southwesterly flow of air, with the only showers up along the high line and those are moving into Canada.

The high-resolution forecast model shows mostly sunny skies across Montana on Friday evening.

Then on Saturday we will see some showers move into Western Montana but most of the south-central part of the state should remain dry.

By Sunday we could see some strong storms move into the central part of the state from the West.

Our temperatures will continue to stay into the 90s for the rest of the afternoon and evening, then roll back down to the 60s in the morning and back up to 91 degrees about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

We will top out at 95 degrees on Saturday, then drop down into the 70s for the rest of next week.

BILLINGS FORECAST

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and warm. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 61°.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny and hot. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph high 95°.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy with a 60% chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. West winds 10 to 20 mph. High 76°.