Sunny and warm pattern continues Sunday
The warmth will continue to build this weekend. Overnight lows will be in the upper 40s and highs will rocket up to the 80s in most areas. Places like Thompson Falls and Libby will be close to 90 degrees in the afternoon. Be sure to apply some sunscreen this weekend as burn time will be around 15 minutes for exposed skin in the middle of the day.
The warming trend continues early next week. Monday will be the warmest day with highs in the mid 80s to low 90s. As high pressure begins to break down on Monday in Oregon and Idaho, thunderstorms will develop and track toward Montana. Monday evening overnight into Tuesday will thus be a period of scattered showers and storms with some of those storms able to produce gusty winds and small hail.
For the remainder of the week expect temperatures to be average to below average (low to mid 70s) with a chance of showers each day. Winds will shift to come from the northwest which will limit the thunder threat to a few isolated bolts. The best chances for rain during this period will be Tuesday in southwest Montana and Thursday region-wide.
It looks like another ridge of high pressure takes over next weekend which means more sunshine and warmth.