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Q2 Weather: Warm but windy through the weekend

Near record highs on Saturday
Posted at 5:38 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 08:14:09-05

BILLINGS — Our anticipated mild temperatures are on track, and may stick around a little longer than expected. But then, so will the wind.

Winds will once again strong be into the mountain foothills, with the Livingston area seeing the potential of 60 mph gusts and up to around 40 mph near Big Timber and Harlowton. Winds will stay breezy around Billings at 15 to 25 mph.

Periods of wind will continue likely through Sunday, which is a bit longer than originally anticipated.

At the same time, expect mild temperatures with highs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hitting the upper 40s to mid 50s. Some areas could potentially see upper 50s to around 60 on Saturday.

Both Livingston and Billings could be close to record high temperatures Saturday afternoon.

A gradual cool down starts Monday, with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday for Christmas. There is a slight chance of snow scattered in the area Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Billings forecast:

Friday… Increasing clouds and breezy with a Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph. High near 52.

Friday night… A low near a mild 38 with breezy periods continuing. Partly cloudy.

Saturday… Partly to mostly sunny with a high of about 55. The record high for December 21 is 57 set in 1994. Continued breezy.