Very hot and windy conditions highlight the short term forecast. Southeasterly wind will increase to around 20 and 30 mph with wind gusts to around 30 and 35 mph. Wind gusts in the southwest could exceed 40 mph as a Wind Advisory is in effect today from 1pm to 7pm cdt. Today, highs warm into the 80s and lower 90s. The hottest temps will be in the west around Williston and parts of eastern Montana. Dew points will be a little sticky and around the low to mid 60s. High pressure will keep our skies clear for today.
Tonight, a slight chance for a quick thunderstorm. Nothing is expected to become severe. Lows will stay incredibly warm and in the lower to mid 60s. Keep in mind that the average low for this time of year is around 50 degrees. By tomorrow morning, a mostly sunny sky will start your Friday with highs returning to the lower to mid 80s. Expect winds to pick back up again with the eastern half of the state favored to get the strongest winds. They should stay below advisory level criteria and around 25 mph gusting to 30 mph.
Friday night, a chance for a shower or thunderstorm with winds gradually decreasing. Lows will dip back into the 50s. Saturday, a mostly sunny day with 80s for highs and a slight chance in the afternoon for a thunderstorm. Keep the umbrella handy for Saturday night as a slow moving low pressure system will bring chances for rain during the overnight and into Sunday and Monday. Highs Sunday will only warm into the upper 60s to lower 70s. Right now, it appears we are likely to see soaking rain Sunday and into Monday, stay tuned to KX News as we continue to hone in the Labor Day forecast.
-Amber Wheeler, KX Weather