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Drought conditions worsen with prolonged dry spells

No rain expected over the next 7 days
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Posted at 1:04 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 15:05:06-04

MISSOULA — Not much has changed in the weather pattern the last few days of September and the first few days of October.

We continue to see high pressure dominate our forecast into the weekend and next week.

This means we get more doses of sunny skies, warmer than average temperatures, and dry air.

Our drought monitor’s recent update shows that these prolonged dry spells have taken a toll on moisture in the ground.

Drying continues through the northwest corner where ‘moderate’ drought conditions are being observed.

These ‘moderate’ conditions have also started creeping south closer to the I-90 corridor in west-central Montana.

Around Missoula there are still ‘dry’ conditions, and the Bitterroot Valley has yet to see any drought impact.

With dry conditions in our extended forecast, this drying of our soils and vegetation will continue into late next week.

Highs this week will stay in the 70s, but with cloudless nights, we will see lows drop to the upper 30s and low 40s.

Enjoy the first October weekend!