Showers and thunderstorms ending Tuesday evening across southwest Montana with clearing skies. Lows in the 50s.
Westerly winds will increase Wednesday. This has prompted a FIRE WEATHER WARNING for the Lewis & Clark and Helena National Forests. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph along with humidities of 10 to 15 percent will bring critical fire weather to the region. Mostly sunny with highs in the 80s.
Daytime highs will remain above normal for the second half of the week., with highs in the 80s to lower 90s. This hot and windy pattern will further dry fuels and increase fire danger.
A dry cold front will enter the region Saturday, cooling temperatures to the 70s to lower 80s Sunday and early next week.
Fire danger remains at MODERATE in the Flathead and Bitterroot National Forests and Yellowstone Park. Fire danger is HIGH in the Lolo National Forest, the Gallatin National Forest and the Kootenai National Forest along with Missoula County.