After a Cold Start, Average August Temperatures Return

Posted at 6:04 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 20:32:03-04

Brrrr!  After Monday when many towns in Montana had record cold high temperatures in the 40s and 50s, overnight temperatures tumbled into the 20s and 30s for most of the state.  More typical temperatures for this time of year will return for the next several days.  Back to school for many kids on Wednesday, and the weather will be very nice with sunshine and highs in the 70s to around 80.  Thursday, a cold front will move through the state with only an isolated thunderstorm or two.  This front will increase the wind gusts upwards of 30mph, and highs will drop back into the 70s.  Friday will be a pleasant day with highs in the 70s but west winds up to 20mph.  Even though temperatures don’t get “hot”, the wind and lower humidity could lead to an increase in fire behavior and danger as well.  Currently the good air quality will continue for at least another day or two.  Wildfires in British Columbia and Washington had been contributing smoke and poor air quality to Montana, but even these fires have had a decrease in activity because of rain and cooler temperatures.

Labor day weekend should be very nice.  Saturday will be sunny and warm with highs around 80.  Sunday will be mostly sunny but a few isolated thunderstorms could develop in the afternoon.  Highs again will be pleasant, in the 70s to around 80.  Labor Day will be slightly cooler with a stronger northwest wind that could gust over 30mph.  Please watch the fire danger this weekend and we enjoy one of the final weekends of summer.

Have a great day.

Curtis Grevenitz