Besides having to beat the heat, outdoor forecast remains rain-free through Saturday morning

Storms return Saturday night
Posted at 3:07 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 17:07:26-04

MISSOULA — Sunny skies remain in our forecast for the end of the work week.

We remain on a steady warming trend, as well.

This is the first time in Missoula the 80s have been reached since September 2019.
Highs today reached the low 80s in most areas.

West-Central and Southwest Montana soar into the mid to upper 80s Friday afternoon while the northwest makes it into the 80s for the first time this year.

Saturday will be the warmest day of the week.

The areas forecasted to be in the upper 80s Friday will be in the low 90s Saturday afternoon.

The northwest will be in the upper 80s to start the weekend.

We are still watching the Clark Fork River above Missoula were river levels maintain steadily above flood stage. A Flood Warning is in effect here until further notice.

The river forecast for the Flathead River at Columbia Falls is on the rise.

With rising temperatures, river levels will grow higher due to rapid snowmelt making its way into the Flathead. River levels are forecasted to exceed flood stage for a brief amount of time this weekend.

Storms and rain move in Saturday late-afternoon/ early-evening.

Some storms may be strong to severe.

Stronger storms will include: hail, gusty wind, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours.
Highs next week drop a bit, but will still hold steady around average (in the mid to low 70s).
Some storms may be strong to severe.