BILLINGS — The day started out in Billings with mostly sunny skies and very mild temperatures, but now a few cloudy skies are starting to roll in, and that could put the brakes on the heating process as we start climbing into the 90s.
Around the rest of the state, temps out in the west are mostly to the 60s and 70s. A lot of 80s are in eastern Montana, but a few spotty 90s are out there, and they'll probably coax some other places to get into the 90s Monday as well.
Our thunderstorm outlook for Monday does show thunderstorms possible across much of western Montana all the way to the eastern part of the state, but not including Miles City and Glasgow.
The Doppler radar and satellite imagery shows a few spotty showers developing in eastern Idaho will be in western Wyoming and with a southwesterly flow of air. Some of the showers are forecast to move into the Billings area Monday night.
In fact, the high-resolution forecast model shows the showers could be moving into the Billings area by about 6:30 p.m. After that, a new cold front moves into the region by Tuesday morning and brings more rain.
Those showers are expected to stick around throughout much of Tuesday.
That evening, they will start to track up toward the northeast corner of the state, leaving Billings in between weather disturbances Tuesday evening right into Wednesday morning. Another system sweeps across the area on Thursday.
In a meantime, we will probably get into the 90s today then roll it back down into the 60s in the morning and back to the 70s Tuesday afternoon.
After that, we will probably stay into the 60s and 70s for the rest of the week and look for more scattered showers off and on through the same time period.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for evening showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Low 59 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for showers in the morning and again that afternoon with a slight chance for thunderstorms and cooler. West winds 5 to 15 mph. High 72 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and continued mild. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 76 degrees.