Hotter and hotter before storms arrive this weekend - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Hotter and hotter before storms arrive this weekend

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Your air conditioner will get a workout later today as temperatures jump back into the 80s and 90s.

While not record-setting, temperatures are expected to stay above average over the next few days as high pressure sits over the West.

Friday is expected to be the hottest day with highs reaching the low and middle 90s.

Montana's fire danger is already very high, but it's expected to go extreme on Friday and Saturday as gusty winds develop.

The gusty winds, combined with very dry air, could pose a significant threat to firefighters battling large fires.

In addition, STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says the threat for thunderstorms will also increase as limited moisture moves into the region.

Isolated storms are expected on Friday evening, mainly along and west of Interstate 15.

The storms are expected to produce very little rain, and lightning strikes could spark new wildfires.

On Saturday, a cold front is expected to move across the state, producing more numerous showers and storms.

Rawlins says most places will receive less than .20" of rain, but it could be enough to reduce the fire danger for a brief time.

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