MISSOULA — The winds have begun to shift from the south to the west/northwest. This will keep temperatures hovering right around seasonal averages Thursday and Friday with highs ranging from the low to upper 80s.
These west winds will also keep most of the wildfire smoke from California to the south of us, however, areas in southwest Montana may still be dealing with some hazy conditions through at least Saturday.
Temperatures will remain in the 80s Saturday, however, breezy winds will develop as a cold front approaches then moves through the northern Rockies. Winds could gust anywhere from 25-40 mph. The strongest winds are expected along the divide and the higher elevations.
The cold front will bring much cooler temperatures to the northern Rockies Sunday and Monday where highs will struggle to reach 70 degrees. Although not a lot of precipitation is expected some scattered rain showers will also be possible on both those days.
Very nice weather is expected for the middle and end of next week as temperatures remain right at or slightly below seasonal averages. Highs will be in the upper 60s to middle 70s Tuesday then low to upper 70s for the rest of the week.