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Near record highs and isolated thunderstorms

Posted at 2:07 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 16:07:49-04

BOZEMAN – A few passing showers this morning could turn into scattered thunderstorms Friday afternoon and early evening.

The atmosphere is slightly unstable today which could help a few thunderstorms gain strength producing larger hail and stronger outflow wind gusts. The Storm Prediction Center has a “marginal” risk for stronger thunderstorms over SW Montana Friday afternoon.

The storm threat will lift northward by Saturday afternoon, roughly north of I-90. Again a “marginal” risk for stronger thunderstorms and one or two storms could be severe.

Overall, the weather pattern will continue to warm up through Saturday. Forecast highs in the 80s and nearing the lower 90s across the state. This will put us very close to record high levels Saturday.

The temperatures will drop slightly behind a weak cold front on Sunday but remain mostly dry into early next week.

Longer range forecast models show several days of showers and thunderstorms and a general cool down to begin around Wednesday next week and continue into the first weekend in June.