Inversions keeping wildfire smoke at surface during morning and afternoon hours

Inversions keeping smoke near surface in Western Montana
Posted at 3:20 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 19:29:01-04

MISSOULA — Morning and afternoon inversions are keeping smoke close to the ground especially in West-Central and Southwest Montana.

Many areas were waking up to ‘unhealthy’ air quality Friday morning.

The same will be true through the weekend, too.

High pressure is moving in, and smoke will continue to settle at the surface, especially during early-morning and late-night hours.

Air quality alerts are in effect for West-Central and Southwest Montana until Saturday morning due to the increase in our particulates in the air.

High pressure also brings us very hot weather.

Highs this weekend will be in the 90s and 100s.

Sunday and Monday are expected to be the two hottest days of the 7-day forecast, but we keep in the 90s through next week, too.

If you plan to head out camping this weekend, keep in mind to check your most recent areas fire restrictions.