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Dry T-Storms Elevates Fire Concern

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Posted at 7:45 AM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 10:29:08-04

A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for southwest, central, and portions of west-central Montana until tonight.
An AIR QUALITY ALERT continues for the entire state of Montana until 1 pm.

Thursday, a disturbance moving in from southwest Montana will bring another chance for showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon/evening. Storms are initially expected to be dry. Dry thunderstorms have the potential to start new fires and could cause existing fires to spread rapidly. The storms will be isolated in nature, but some cells can become strong to severe and produce damaging wind, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours at times which could possibly lead to localized flooding. Daytime highs will spend another day in the 90s.

Stormy weather will carry us into Friday and favor the southern half of the state. The high temperatures briefly cool to the 70s and low to mid-80s before warming back up on Saturday.

Saturday's dry, warm, and windy conditions will heighten the fire concern for the state. Daytime highs will rebound back in the 80s and 90s.

Sunday will be the opposite; rainy, cooler, and breezy at times. The high temperatures will fall to the 60s and 70s.

Monday, morning showers and cloud cover will keep the high temperatures in the 70s.

Have a great day.
A.R. 😊