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  • Monday is hot and dry.  Fire risk increases.  Tuesday is a little cooler, but the risk of thunderstorms increased.

    Monday will be warm as an upper ridge moves over the area.  Humidity levels will be low with teens to lower 20s.

    Southeast winds will increase over eastern Montana and northwest South Dakota, with some gusts to 30 mph possible.

    A cold front will push across the area Monday night into Tuesday. This will provide gusty northwest winds and an increased chance of thunderstorms.

    There is some chance of strong to severe storms from Billings to the south.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday...Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. West breeze.

    Monday night... Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Tuesday...A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Cooler-than-average temperatures highlight the weather the next couple of days. But, will be back to summertime heat by the first of the week.

    Afternoon high temperatures on Friday and Saturday will stay below seasonal averages, reaching the mid to lower 70s both days. Overall, Friday will be the cooler of the two.

    A few clouds will develop Friday afternoon, but conditions close to the surface remain dry. With some breezy conditions East of Billings, wildfire concerns will remain despite the cooler temperatures.

    Overall, Saturday looks quiet with sunshine and mainly the mid 70s for the highs.

    By Sunday, temperatures start to climb to the upper 70s to low 80s. Monday looks to be the warmest day in the short-term with highs hitting the upper 80s to mid 90s.

    Our next realistic chance of showers or thunderstorms will be Tuesday afternoon and evening. Even then, the chances of accumulating rain looks fairly low at this point.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Increasing afternoon clouds, with a Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Near 72 for a high.

    Friday night… Mostly clear, with a low at about 49. Northeast breeze 5 to 10 mph.

    Saturday… Sunny, warm and dry with a high around 75. Click for 7 Day Forecast

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast A bit of a cool down over the next few days. But there are some concerns to be aware of.

    Today will be cooler than average, with highs mainly in the mid-70s. Expect periods of wind at 15 to 25 miles an hour with gusts to around 40 mph.

    With low humidity and dry fuels, fire risk will remain a concern. Use caution around grassy areas.

    Scattered isolated showers or thunderstorms will develop this afternoon this evening for the mountains and adjacent foothills. The storms could push into the plains.

    Overall, Friday will be cooler and less windy than Thursday, and that same pattern holds into Saturday as well.

    The current trend is to warm things up into early next week. We could reach 90° by Monday or Tuesday.

    The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Similar to what we experienced a couple of weeks ago, expect bank erosion and some of the low land areas will experience a modest flooding. Conditions should improve this weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Sunny and breezy. A high near 75. Northwest wind 15 to 25 miles an hour with stronger gust during the afternoon and evening.

    Thursday night… Partly cloudy with a low at around 46. Winds decrease through the evening.

    Friday… Mostly sunny and about 71 for the high. Increasing clouds with a slight chance of an evening shower or thunderstorm.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Behind Tuesday night’s cold front, temperatures will start to trend cooler. But very dry conditions could add to wildfire risk.

    Afternoon high temperatures will be mainly into the upper 70s to mid 80s Wednesday with plenty of afternoon sunshine. Highs will slide to the 70s on Thursday, but conditions remain dry.

    It will be breezy at times, with wind gusts to around 30 mph. Combined with low relative humidity, the risk of wildfires will be elevated, especially East of Billings.

    Use caution with activities that can cause wildfires. Driving through tall grass, campfires, welding, and especially fireworks can be hazardous.

    Readings could be as cool as the upper 60s to low 70s by Friday and Saturday, and the chance of rain will increase a bit.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Sunny, with a high near 84. Westerly wind 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

    Wednesday night… Mostly clear, with a low of about 53.

    Thursday… Sunny, and around 78 for the high. Northwest breeze 5 to 15 mph.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Tuesday will be the hottest day the week. Even though the risk is slim, it will also be the day with the best potential for strong to severe storms.

    The upper-level Ridge this been dominating the Western US for the last several days peaks across the Northern Rockies Tuesday. That will dry temperatures into the upper 80s to low 90s across southern Montana northern Wyoming.

    As a cold front moves to the area late Tuesday afternoon into the evening, expect scattered to isolated thunderstorms to develop. Damaging wind gusts are the primary threat from the storms, but large hail is also possible.

    Heavy rain and frequent lightning are also typical with stronger thunderstorms this time of the year.

    Temperatures will start a downward trend beginning Wednesday. Highs will be in the 80s the middle of the week, and likely in the 60s to low 70s by Friday and Saturday.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Southwest breeze 5 to 15 mph.

    Tuesday night… A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. The storms have some potential for gusty winds are hail. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with a low near 64.

    Wednesday… Sunny, with a high of about 84.1

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Temperatures will peak on Tuesday. Expect a downhill slide on temperatures the rest of the week.

    With lots of sunshine, temperatures will be warmer Monday than Sunday, with afternoon highs mainly in the mid to lower 80s. Winds will be lighter that over the weekend.

    Temperatures hit their peak tomorrow, with highs in the mid to lower 90s. As a cold front approaches, clouds will increase with a slight chance of late day showers and thunderstorms.

    There is a marginal chance of strong to severe storms with wind and hail being the biggest threats. However, storms should be fairly quick moving.

    Temperatures will steadily drop through the end the work week. Highs will be in the 80s on Wednesday, upper 70s by Thursday, and in the 60s Friday and Saturday.

    Expect hit and miss showers and thunderstorms through the end of the week.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Sunny, with a high near 83. Light westerly wind.

    Monday night… Mostly clear, with a low of about 58.

    Tuesday… Sunny early with a few clouds late in the day. A high around 93 the slight chance of a late day shower thunderstorm that could produce gusty winds.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastA Pacific disturbance is pushing showers and some wind across the area Friday. The trend heading into next week will be hot and dry.

    Expect scattered showers to continue through Saturday morning, with the best chance of rain and isolated thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening. Friday will be generally mostly cloudy with highs mainly in the 70s.

    Friday could be breezy at times, with sustained winds of 10 to 30 mph.

    Showers will exit Eastern Montana early Saturday, with highs in the afternoon in the upper 60s to mid 70s. It is promising to be the coolest day in the short-term.

    Highs will hit the upper 70s to around 80 on Sunday, mid 80s by Monday, and a good chance of hitting the low to mid 90s on Tuesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mostly cloudy with an increasing chance of showers. A high of about 76. West wind 10 to 25 mph.

    Friday night… 50% chance of evening showers, with clearing overnight. A low of about 52.

    Saturday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Some breezy periods.

  • Click for 7 Day forecastTemperatures will warm Thursday despite increasing clouds. Late Friday is the best chance of rain will have for the next week.

    Despite increasing afternoon clouds Thursday, temperatures will move into the mid to upper 70s for the afternoon highs. Expect less wind than Wednesday, but it returns again on Friday.

    With morning readings mainly in the mid to lower 50s, Friday again will warm into the upper 70s to around 80°. As a disturbance moves through Friday evening, though bring area showers and isolated thunderstorms to the plains.

    The risk of strong to severe storms is low.

    Temperatures back off to the low 70 Saturday on the cold front.

    The trend will be for warming and drying conditions heading into next week. Highs will be mainly in the 80s Monday through at least Wednesday.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Increasing clouds with a high near 79. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

    Thursday night… Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. A low of about 55.

    Friday… Mostly cloudy with a West wind 10 to 20 mph. Around 78 for the high with an increasing chance of afternoon and evening showers.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThe Wind will highlight the weather for today, as we get into a quieter weather pattern.

    High temperatures today will be mainly into the mid to upper 70s, close to seasonal averages. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine, but breezy conditions with a West wind of 15 to 25 mph. Gusts could reach to near 40 mph.

    Overnight readings will be consistently in the upper 40s to mid 50s over the next several days, with highs hitting mainly the 70s to around 80 on Thursday and Friday.

    By late Friday into Saturday morning, a chance of scattered showers moves in. The risk of strong to severe storms is low.

    With less snow in the mountains and less chance of rain, the potential for lowland flooding is also decreasing this week.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Sunny to mostly sunny, and breezy. West winds 15 to 25 mph area a high near 76.

    Wednesday night… Partly to mostly clear, with a low of about 51. Winds decreasing during the evening.

    Thursday… Increasing afternoon clouds, with a high of around 79. West wind 10 to 20 mph.

  • The same storm system that brought heavy rain and strong to severe thunderstorms Monday night will continue to influence Tuesday’s weather. But it will be in a much different way.

    As the upper low pushes across the region for today, colder air swings down from the North wrapping around the low. This will create areas of rain showers for the lower elevations and continued snow for the mountains. Snow levels will be at about 8000 feet and above.

    Meantime, dry air will be pushed across the Eastern plains of Montana. Scattered isolated showers and thunderstorms could develop.

    For areas from Billings to the West, highs will be mainly in the 60s with rain showers and high elevation snow.

    For areas East of Billings, expect a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday with highs mainly in the 70s.

    As the upper low lifts up and out of the region Wednesday, expect highs mainly in the 70s but increasing winds.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Increasing clouds with a high near 67. A chance of an afternoon shower or isolated thunderstorms.

    Tuesday night… A chance of a shower thunderstorm during the evening, otherwise mostly cloudy. Low of about 51.

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny with a high near 76. A West wind 15 to 25 mph.