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Getting Fired Up: Heat & Fire Danger Increase

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 21:00:55-04

A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for southwest Montana for Friday afternoon and evening.
If summer has been anything so far it's been wet and cool. Temperatures have rarely been anything but below normal, and the rain/thunderstorm activity has been plentiful. But all it takes is a few days of sunshine, heat and low humidity to dramatically increase the fire danger. Southwestern Montana will have wind, isolated thunderstorms and low humidity that will raise the danger in that part of the state. Most of Montana will be warm and breezy with isolated thunderstorms on Friday. Highs will range from the 70s in the northwest, to the 80s in central Montana, and the 90s in eastern areas. The best chance for thunderstorms will be over central Montana in the afternoon. Saturday will be a slightly cooler day with light wind. Skies will be mostly sunny. Highs will be in the 70s to low 80s. A few isolated thunderstorms will rumble across the northeast corner of Montana. Sunday will be a similar day with just a few isolated thunderstorms mainly near the mountains. Highs will be in the 70s and low 80s under mostly sunny skies. Monday will be another comfortable and quiet day for most of the state. Big Sky Country and its thermometers will take a turn on Tuesday as a hotter airmass will grow across the West. Highs will be in the 80s and 90s. Wednesday may be the hottest day so far this year with afternoon readings in the 90s and 100s. Thursday will be a similar scorcher, but a few isolated thunderstorms will fire up again. Fire danger will be very high. Friday a cold front will push through the state with scattered thunderstorms and cooler temperatures.
Don't forget Comet Neowise is visible in the north-northwest sky after sunset and is in the northeast sky before sunrise. The peak visibility of the comet will be over the next week or so.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz