Record heat, fire weather concerns

    Record heat possible

    HEAT ADVISORY today and Friday for the Missoula, Mission, Bitterroot and Flathead Valleys west to the Idaho border. Highs in the upper 90s to lower 100s.

    FIRE WEATHER WATCH for all forested areas of NBC Montana Friday afternoon through Saturday. Wind gusts up to 25 and 35 mph with humidity levels ranging from 8 to 20 percent. Fire danger is extreme across a large part of western Montana.

    High pressure will strengthen through the end of the week bringing a heat wave to NBC Montana. Highs in the 90s to around 100 Thursday and mid 90s to lower 100s Friday. Many areas will break or tie daily temperature records.

    As temperatures rise the threat of heat exhaustion will increase. Make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid any unnecessary strenuous activity during the hottest times of the day.

    A dry cold front will bring gutsy winds and cooler air to the region this weekend. Highs will be the 80s to low 90s Saturday and the 80s Sunday through early next week.

    Fire danger is EXTREME in the Flathead National Forest and Missoula County. Fire danger remains at MODERATE in the Helena National Forest and the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Fire danger is HIGH in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Yellowstone Park, and the Gallatin National Forest. Fire Danger is VERY HIGH in the Kootenai National Forest, the Bitterroot National Forest and the Lolo National Forest.

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