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Weather Forecast: Hot and hazy Friday

Posted at 5:52 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 10:22:36-04

MISSOULA — High pressure will lead to a sunny, warm, and dry day across the northern Rockies with our highs topping out in the 80s to low 90s.

Expect also hazy/smoky conditions as winds from the southwest bring wildfire smoke from surrounding areas, but especially California to west-central and southwest Montana.

A cold front will bring slightly cooler temperatures along with breezy winds to the forecast Saturday.

High fire danger is expected across the northern Rockies Saturday due to the gusty winds, and low relative humidity. High temperatures will top out mostly in the 80s.

Sunday will see a return to high pressure leading to sunny, warm, and dry conditions as highs again top out in the 80s to low 90s.

Looking at next week, Monsoon moisture looks to return to the northern Rockies as thunderstorm chances move in Monday - Wednesday.

High temperatures will be right around to slightly above normal for this time of year topping out in the low to upper 80s.

By next weekend, models are hinting at a pattern change that would bring very fall-like weather to the northern Rockies. A low pressure out of Canada is being shown to move through the northern Rockies.

If this plays out we are looking at highs next weekend only in the 60s and 70s. Stay tuned!