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  • Click here for 7 Day Forecast Hot and dry conditions for Wednesday. An increased chance of showers and thunderstorms for Thursday and Friday.

    A ridge of high pressure across the region will bring a sunny sky, warming temperatures in the upper 80s to mid-90s, and very low relative humidity.

    The exception Wednesday evening will be isolated mountain storms.

    The Ridge starts to break down on Thursday, allowing moisture to stream back into the area as a cold front triggers increasing thunderstorm activity. Temperatures will still be warm, with highs in the 80s to low 90s.

    Cooler air will follow on Friday, with a few isolated storms.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Light breeze.

    Wednesday night… Partly cloudy with a low around 62.

    Thursday… Mostly sunny and still very warm, with isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. About 91 for the high temperature.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Very warm and very dry for Tuesday and Wednesday.

    A ridge of high pressure is building in across the region through midweek. This will bring a sunny to mostly sunny sky to the afternoons, along with warmer temperatures.

    Highs will be mainly in the 80s to a few low 90s Tuesday, with mid to lower 90s more widespread on Wednesday. Winds will generally be light. Lows will stay in the 50s to low 60s for the lower elevations.

    The humidity will remain low during the period, with the relative humidity dropping to the teens to low 20 percentiles during the afternoons Tuesday and Wednesday.

    A cold front late Thursday will bring a chance of some isolated storms. Temperatures fall back to the mid to lower 80s on Friday.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Sunny, with a high near 89. A light West breeze.

    Tuesday night… Clear, with a low of about 59.

    Wednesday… Sunny and hot, with a high around 94. A West to Southwest breeze.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Warm and dry conditions will dominate the weather through the weekend.

    Friday will be dry, with temperatures a bit warmer than they were Thursday. Expect highs mainly in the upper 80s to low 90s with very dry conditions and plenty of sunshine.

    Areas West of Billings should expect gusty winds Friday, with the dry cold front pushing across the Eastern plains early Saturday. That will cause the winds to blow from Billings to the East Saturday morning.

    A few isolated thunderstorms are possible in Southeast Montana by Saturday evening and Saturday night. With low humidity, periods of gusty winds, and very warm temperatures fire risk could be increased in that region.

    A cold front Saturday will push temperatures down into the mid-80s on Sunday and Monday. That is close to seasonal averages.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. A light southerly breeze.

    Saturday night… Mostly clear, with a low at about 59.

    And Saturday… Sunny and hot, and very warm, with a high around 88.

  • Click for 7 Day ForecastThe potential for wildfires increases Thursday with hot temperatures, low humidity, and periods of gusty wind.

    A weak weather system will move from West to East across the area Thursday afternoon through early this evening. Temperatures will warm well into the 80s to around 90° out ahead of the system.

    The relative humidity could drop into the teens with the warm temperatures and little moisture to work with.

    Winds will increase to about 10 to 20 mph ahead of the front, with gusts of 30 to 35 mph behind the front.

    A Fire Weather Warning is in effect for most of Eastern Montana, especially from Billings towards the East, through the evening hours on Thursday.

    Friday looks like the warmest day the week for many locations, including Billings. Highs in the upper 80s to low 90 should be pretty widespread with lots of sun.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. A westerly wind of 10 to 20 mph turns more northerly during the afternoon and evening, with gusts to around 30 mph.

    Thursday night… Mostly clear to clear, with a low of about 57.

    Friday… Sunny and very warm, with a high of about 92. A light breeze.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Very warm, dry, and windy at times. Sounds like conditions just right for wildfires.

    Expect warmer and drier conditions today, with little in the way of cloud cover. High temperatures will be in the 70s for the higher elevations but mainly the 80s across the lower elevations both Wednesday and Thursday.

    A weak cold front will push through the area early Thursday and that will bring the winds up a little bit during the afternoon and evening hours. Gusts to 30-35 mph are possible, and with humidity Thursday afternoon likely only in the teens, a Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Thursday afternoon and evening.

    Friday could be the warmest day the week for Billings, as we could take a run at around 90° for an afternoon high with temperatures backing off only slightly on Saturday.

    Billings Forecast:

    Wednesday…A high near 87 with sunshine and a light SW breeze.

    Wednesday night…Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. The breeze is light.

    Thursday…Sunny to mostly sunny, and about 87 once again.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Drier and warmer conditions will move in over the course of the next few days. Before that, a few isolated showers and thunderstorms remain for Tuesday.

    Tuesday will be a little warmer than Monday, with skies clearing from West to East.  A chance of a shower and isolated thunderstorm is most likely over the mountains and adjacent foothills, and along the Eastern edge of Montana.

    Conditions will continue to dry out and warm-up on Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures will make it to the mid to upper 80s both days, with a relative humidity falling down to the teens and 20s in the afternoon.

    A disturbance Thursday afternoon could bring some gusty winds, but the chance of rain remains fairly low through at least Saturday.

    Billings forecast:

    Tuesday… Mostly sunny with a high near 80. A light breeze.

    Tuesday night… Mostly clear, with a low of about 56. Northeast breeze.

    Wednesday… Sunny, with a high around 86.

  • Click for7 Day Forecast The week starts much cooler than average. And we have our best chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday.

    A low-pressure area will move across the region Monday, bringing clouds and scattered showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will run below average, with highs in the 70s.

    The higher elevations, and areas of Southeast Montana have the best potential for showers and thunderstorms Monday. Extreme Southeast Montana extending into northern Wyoming has some potential for hail and strong winds.

    Temperatures will warm a little with more afternoon sunshine Tuesday, but temperatures will remain below seasonal averages. Highs will be in the upper 70s to a few low 80s.

    The overall trend will be slightly warmer each day through the end of the work week, with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s by the weekend. Overnight lows will be mainly in the 50s for the lower elevations.

    Billings forecast:

    Monday… Cloudy to mostly cloudy, with scattered area showers and isolated thunderstorms. Around 73 for a high.

    Monday night… Mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Dropping to about 57 for the low.

    Tuesday… Near 79 for a high, with isolated storms. Party to mostly sunny.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Showers and thunderstorms will pop up the next couple of afternoons, with a few strong storms possible. Otherwise, expect consistent temperatures through the weekend.

    Afternoon and evening thunderstorms will develop Friday and Saturday, with the best chances in southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming. There will be a few storms in the mountains and adjacent foothills as well.

    Gusty winds and hail are possible with the stronger storms South and East of Billings.

    Temperatures will be slightly below normal for this time of the year Friday and Saturday with the highs in the mid-80s in the overnight temperatures mainly in the 50s. By Sunday, highs could be closer to 90° as high pressure moves in the area.

    In the extended Outlook, clouds will increase with a chance of some scattered showers and thunderstorms on Monday.

    Billings forecast:

    Friday… Mostly sunny with isolated area showers. Expect the high temperature near 86 with a light wind.

    Friday night… Partly cloudy with isolated evening showers and thunderstorms. A low of about 58.

    Saturday… Sunny with a high near 84. A light breeze.

  • Click here for 7 Day Forecast Isolated storms will dot the map during the afternoons and evenings. Otherwise, expect consistent temperatures.

    Temperatures will be near or a little cooler than Mid-August averages over the next week, with area highs through Saturday mainly in the mid to lower 80s. Based on the 30 year average, Billings would normally be in the upper 80s this time of the year.

    The overall weather pattern is fairly quiet, but disturbances moving across the region will bring about a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening.

    The most active weather will be into the mountains and adjacent foothills. These looked to be general thunderstorms, with very little chance of strong to severe weather.

    Overnight temperatures will be mainly in the 50s warming to the low 60s by early next week.

    Billings forecast:

    Thursday… Sunny to mostly sunny with a high near 84. A light breeze.

    Thursday night… Partly cloudy with a low of about 56.

    Friday… Mostly sunny with a high around 85. A slight chance of afternoon and evening showers or a thunderstorm.

  • Click for 7 Day Forecast Cooler than average temperatures continue. Isolated showers and thunderstorms pop up from time to time.

    Wednesday will be cooler than Tuesday, with slightly higher humidity and most places. Expect a mix of sunshine, a few clouds, and highs mainly in the upper 70s to low 80s.

    A northerly wind could be a little gusty at times, especially in areas East of Billings.

    The chance of showers and thunderstorms seem mainly confined to the mountains and foothills for the next two days. An isolated storm could roll off the mountains into the plains.

    Temperatures will be a little warmer on Thursday, and the humidity slightly lower. High temperatures in the mid to lower 80s will continue through the weekend.

    Billings forecast:

    Wednesday… Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. A northerly wind of 5 to 10 mph.

    Wednesday night… Mostly clear, with a low around 53. A North breeze.

    Thursday… Sunshine, with a high of about 84. A light and variable breeze of 5 to 10 mph.