A HEAT ADVISORY will remain in effect for most of the state until 7 p.m.
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH will go into effect Friday afternoon and will remain in effect until Saturday at 3 a.m.
If you thought yesterday was hot, today will be even hotter. Expect another day of near record-breaking heat. Daytime highs will climb to the upper 80s and 90s. Warming temperatures will cause an increase in snowmelt for area rivers, creeks, and streams. Water temperatures remain cold, so use caution when recreating around rivers, lakes, and streams. There is a slight chance for an isolated thunderstorm during the afternoon and evening across the mountains in western Montana.
On Friday a disturbance will break down the ridge of high pressure and allow for showers and thunderstorms to move back in. Scattered showers and thunderstorm activity will develop during the afternoon in portions of southwest and central Montana. The storm will move into northeast Montana during the late evening hours. A few storms could become severe and produce damaging winds, hail, and heavy downpours. Daytime highs will top out in the 80 and 90s.
This weekend will be mainly dry, windy, and warm. Saturday will be the windiest day out of the weekend. The National Weather Service has not issued any warnings or watches for wind, but west winds are expected to be gusting up to 40 mph at times. On Sunday temperatures will cool near the seasonal average.
Have a great day.