MISSOULA — Very hot temperatures are in the forecast Monday as highs soar well into the 90s and even 100s.
By the afternoon and evening, isolated dry thunderstorms will be possible for west-central but especially southwest Montana. Rain is unlikely to reach the ground as lightning and gusty winds will be the main concern.
A bit more cloud cover will keep temperatures slightly cooler Tuesday, however, still above average as highs reach the upper 80s to middle 90s.
Once again, thunderstorms will be possible by the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has given west-central and southwest Montana a "Marginal Risk" (Level 1 of 5) chance to see strong thunderstorms Tuesday with gusty winds, lightning and brief heavy rain possible.
At the risk of sounding repetitive, storms will again be possible Wednesday afternoon and evening. Storms during this time period could be more widespread, with development occurring into northwest Montana. High temperatures will be in the 80s to low 90s.
It looks like the on again off again thunderstorm pattern will come to an end by the end of the week. Temperatures will remain above average for this time of year heading into the weekend as highs remain in the 80s and 90s.