The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated every Thursday, and as of yesterday, the conditions have worsened across the state. EXTREME drought conditions have now developed in portions of southwest Montana. Lightning ignited several wildfires across the state, and unfortunately, another disturbance may bring wet and dry thunderstorms back into the forecast, which can result in more wildfires. Ongoing smoke from wildfires burning in the western half of the U.S. will continue to contribute to hazy skies. Daytime highs will cool behind the passage of yesterday's front to the upper 70s and 80s.
Saturday, prepare for hot and sunny conditions. The high temperatures will warm back into the 90s. If your plans consist of being outside, please make sure you're staying hydrated.
Sunday will be another hot day across the state. The high temperatures soar into the 90s and triple digits, record high temperatures will be challenged. The wind will increase, and so will the fire danger.
By Monday, a cold front will offer a little relief from the heat. The high temperatures will drop into the 80s, making outside conditions a little more bearable.
Enjoy your Friday.