MISSOULA — Missoula will see 80's for the first time since September 15, 2019 ( 256 days) this afternoon. In fact most of the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys along with the lower elevations along the Montana/Idaho border will see temperatures approach 80 this afternoon. For all other locations, expect temperatures in the 70's today.
Thursday will start clear and sunny. Clouds will then increase throughout the day with mostly cloudy skies by the afternoon.
Temperatures will continue to warm Friday and Saturday. Highs will be in the low to upper 80's Friday. The hottest day is still expected Saturday as highs warm into the 80's and low 90's across western Montana and 90's to even 100's in the valleys of north-central Idaho.
Temperatures will quickly cool down Sunday, however, stay above normal for this time of year as we top out in the low to upper 70's.
One thing to keep in mind for what ever plans you have this weekend. Scattered thunderstorms will be possible each afternoon/evening starting Friday and continuing through the weekend. Friday afternoon thunderstorms will mostly be found in southwest Montana. All of western Montana will then have a chance to see an isolated thunderstorm or two Saturday and Sunday afternoon/evening. Any storms that form will have the chance to become strong or severe with heavy rain, hail and gusty winds.
Cooler temperatures, though right at or slightly above normal are expected through most of next week. Highs will top out in the 70's with a few scattered rain showers or thunderstorms remaining in the forecast as well.