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Record highs, extreme fire danger, and storms heading into the weekend

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Friday is expected to be the hottest day of the next week as high temperatures reach into the 90s.

Some cities could even set record highs during the afternoon.

Areas of smoke are also expected, but that shouldn't hold back temperatures significantly.

STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says limited amounts of moisture will begin to stream into the state later this evening and isolated thunderstorms may develop along and west of Interstate 15.

Those storms won't produce much rain, if any at all, and lightning strikes could spark new wildfires.

In addition, gusty winds combined with dry air will create critical fire weather conditions for Friday afternoon and again on Saturday.

Rawlins says a cold front arriving for Saturday afternoon will likely produce more numerous showers and thunderstorms across the state.

Significant rain is unlikely, but a few areas could receive up to .10" of rain through Saturday evening.

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If you look at the end of the 7 Day Forecast, a big drop in temperatures is sure to get your attention.

Another cold front arriving next week could bring the taste of fall to Montana for Thursday and Friday.

As of now, Rawlins says it's too early to determine the storm's exact impacts on the Treasure State, but all signs point toward a larger drop in temperatures.

Some rain is also expected, but confidence is low in the timing and amounts of rain at this time.

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