Dry and Breezy Weather Conditions Sparks Fire Concern!

Posted at 5:58 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 09:00:51-04

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has now been ESCALATED to a WARNING and will go into effect today until tomorrow evening for most of NORTH CENTRAL, CENTRAL, and parts of SOUTHWEST Montana.

Critical fire conditions will be the biggest concern today. All the ingredients will be present for a fire to spread if sparked by humans or caused by nature. The wind will be gusting up to 40mph at times, the relative humidity will stay between 15% to 25%, and the temperatures will warm back into the 80s and mid to low 90s. Dry southwest flow will keep the skies clear which will help to watch the Meteor shower tonight.

Tomorrow, the state will have an increase in clouds. High pressure will track eastward out of the region as an area of low pressure moves in. This will bring in a low chance for late storms to develop. A cold front will assist with the temperatures cooling to the 70s for northwest Montana. Meanwhile, eastern Montana high temperatures will climb to the mid to upper 90s. Again, the humidity will be low, the winds will still be gusty, and fire concerns will continue to increase. Late afternoon, a few passing storms cannot be ruled out as an airmass becomes unstable.

Thursday, the temperatures will remain cool as another front move across the area. The high temperatures will cool to the 70 for a large part of the state.

Friday, high pressure will rebuild, and the sun will reappear. The high temperatures for Friday and Saturday will stay rather cool.

Sunday, the temperatures will climb back into average temperatures.

Always remember any fire can ignite quickly and easily, and spread rapidly under these dry and breezy conditions.

Have a great day,