BILLINGS — It looks like another keeper in Billings Monday afternoon, with mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures. In the early afternoon, we have sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.
Around the rest of the state, our temps are mostly into the 70s, but a few places like Butte, Dillon and Williston, North Dakota, are in the 60s.
Our thunderstorm outlook for Monday does show a few isolated showers east of Billings heading toward the southeast corner of the state. So far, these are just light rain showers- nothing really big, bad or severe.
For Tuesday, even the showers will be gone. They will be on their way over into the eastern Dakotas as high pressure moves in to dominate our weather pattern.
Monday afternoon, the Doppler radar shows a few isolated showers in north-central, central and south-central Montana.
We even see a few scattered showers in the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming. All these showers are moving away from Billings.
The high-resolution forecast model mirrors this too. We are expecting mostly dry skies in Billings throughout the rest of the afternoon. High pressure moves in on Tuesday. This keeps us sunny and warm into Wednesday afternoon.
However, a new system moving in Wednesday night could produce some strong thunderstorms overnight and cooler temperatures on Thursday.
We get back up into the 80s next hour then cool back down to the 50s in the morning and back to the 80s again Tuesday afternoon.
We will top out at 86 degrees on Tuesday, 91 degrees on Wednesday, then after a cold front passes Wednesday night, we cool back down to the 70s on Thursday. From there we will get into the 80s on Friday and Saturday and back to 76 on Sunday.
TONIGHT: Decreasing clouds and mild. East winds 5 to 10 mph the evening shifting to the southwest overnight. Low 56 degrees.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 86 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Look for a 50% chance for thunderstorms Wednesday evening and overnight. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. High 91 degrees.