Temporary Relief from Poor Air Quality is on the way!

Posted at 5:59 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 11:10:45-04

An AIR QUALITY ALERT will remain in effect most of Montana until 3 pm today.A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for southwest Montana and is scheduled to expire at 9 pm.

Today will be another day with smoke and haze taking over our skies. Smoke will continue to impact the state's air quality. The air quality has gone back and forth between unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy in portions of central Montana. Thankfully, areas west of the divide will start to get a little relief later today. The highs will stay in the upper 70s and low 80s, and the wind will increase for southwest and northeast Montana.

Tomorrow the high temperature will be 20 degrees cooler than today's high temperature in some areas. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will start tonight and will continue tomorrow into Sunday. With much-needed rain, it will temporarily help clear out some of the smoke, and hopefully, help crews with fires around the state.

Sunday, the storm will track north, and the state's air quality will briefly improve.

Next week's models indicate an area of high pressure off to our west will rebuild and bring back dry conditions with warm temperatures. Unfortunately, a southwesterly flow returns and will bring back smoky skies and not so great air quality.

Have a great weekend.