First Alert Forecast: Sunny and hot
The warming trend continues across western Montana as a ridge of high pressure sits directly over the region. Mostly sunny and hot on Wednesday, which will be the hottest day thus far for 2014. Highs in the mid 80s in Bozeman and Butte to the low 90s in Missoula and Kalispell. As the ridge shifts eastward, a southwest flow will develop, bringing Pacific moisture through the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere. That means we will have a chance of isolated both wet and dry storms by Thursday afternoon, especially along and south of I-90. Since the lower levels will be quite dry, some of the rain will evaporate before reaching the ground. This rain cooled air will rush to the surface, some some locally strong wind gusts will be possible with the stronger storms. This area will be watched closely with moderate impacts on the severe weather tracker. July 4th will be mostly sunny and very warm to hot, with highs in the 80s to around 90. There is a slight chance of a storm in the Bozeman and Butte areas. The weekend looks very nice, with mostly sunny, very warm days and clear, cool nights. Lows in the upper 40s and 50s with highs in the upper 70s and 80s. Temperatures will cool a bit early next week with highs dropping back to the 70s.