Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Missoula, MT

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FXUS65 KMSO 282018

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
218 PM MDT Thu Jul 28 2016

.DISCUSSION...Isolated thundershowers are possible along the
Continental Divide this afternoon, particularly in the area near
Ovando south through Butte and points east of there. Otherwise,
sunny and hot conditions will persist as high pressure remains
over the bulk of the Northern Rockies. High temps will remain
warm over the next few days as high pressure continues.

Saturday will likely be the hottest day during this period, with
breezy conditions occurring late in the afternoon through the
evening ahead of an approaching dry front, which is expected on
Sunday. As a result, Sunday will see increased fire danger due to
gusty winds from the afternoon onward. While most locations across
north central Idaho and western Montana will be windy during the
day, conditions will be most primed for escalated fire threats
across southwest Montana, and possibly west central Montana.

In addition, area lakes will likely experience rather choppy
conditions. Given the large size of Flathead Lake, this will
likely see the most wave activity as a result of gusty winds. If
you are planning on recreating on area lakes Sunday
afternoon/evening, be prepared for increased winds and excess chop.

By Monday and Tuesday, chances for rain showers and thunderstorms
will increase across northwest Montana as a weather system clips
the Montana/Canada border through Tuesday. While it`s still a ways
out there in the forecast, the current guidance shows slightly
cooler temperatures and a better chance at some rain through
midweek. More specific details will come to light in the coming
days, so stay tuned.


.AVIATION...Afternoon winds will be the main feature today under
conditions dominated by high pressure. Through 29/0200Z, KBTM
could see isolated thunderstorms form along the spine of the
Continental Divide and tread close to the terminal. Clear, calm
conditions will then persist across the entire region through the
day Friday under continued high pressure.



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