MISSOULA — Today is set to be the hottest day of the week for many across the Northern Rockies as most will see temperatures range from the low to upper 90s.
Expect sunny and clear skies across western Montana this morning. By the afternoon clouds will increase for west-central and southwest Montana with scattered thunderstorms developing as well. Most of the storms look to develop in southwest Montana. Northwest Montana will see sunny skies through out the day.
More widespread thunderstorms are expected Thursday as Monsoon moisture from the southwest along with a cold front moves into western Montana. Once again, southwest Montana will see most of the thunderstorm activity. Some storms could be strong with gusty winds, hail and heavy rain.
Northwest Montana will stay mostly dry Thursday, however, a few isolated thunderstorms could develop during the afternoon. High temperatures will be much cooler as the cold front moves through with highs in the upper 70s to middle 80s.
Friday and Saturday are expected to have sunshine and slightly below average temperatures with highs in the upper 70s to middle 80s.
Looking at the extended forecast, models show high pressure returning to the northern Rockies next week. This will allow hot temperatures to return as highs warm back into the 90's.