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Q2 Weather: The risk of wildfires increases quickly

Posted at 5:32 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 07:59:22-04

BILLINGS — As the dry and cooler Canadian air leaves the area, it’s replaced by dry and hotter air.

Wildfire concerns will highlight the weather for this week. After some relief from the heat Sunday with cooler and dry Canadian air, the shift will be toward hotter temperatures through the middle of the week.

Expect sunny and very dry conditions for the next couple of days with a few clouds by Wednesday and Thursday. A disturbance late Wednesday could bring a few isolated showers or thunderstorms but with very limited moisture.

Afternoon highs will be mainly in the 80s on Monday, hitting a lot more mid to lower 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect plenty of sun during the day Monday and Tuesday with a few clouds by Wednesday.

Relative humidity numbers could be as low as single digits later in the week, and will be into the teens and 20s at best. With those dry conditions, wildfires could easily start even with a light wind.

The current pattern would indicate highs staying in the 80s to low 90s through the weekend with overnight temperatures cooling quickly to the 50s thanks to the dry air.

Billings forecast:

Monday… Sunny and warm with a high of about 88. Winds will be light.

Monday night… Mostly clear with a low around 59.

Tuesday… Sunny and hotter with a high close to 94.