Hot weather this week, but no new record expected

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It’s going to be hot this week, but the National Weather Service says the heat won’t be breaking records, at least not this week.

KGVO News spoke to meteorologist Trent Smith early Monday morning, who provided details on the mid-July weather this week.

“We have a fairly significant high pressure ridge that is going to build over the Northern Rockies over the next two days and then that will slowly shift that kind of southwesterly flow aloft which will keep temperatures fairly warm.” , Smith said. “We expect temperatures to be in the 90s for most locations by Tuesday, and certainly Wednesday for western Montana. These temperatures appear to be about 10 degrees above normal, especially for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Looking back on June, Smith said it was an unusually cool and wet month in western Montana.

“June was actually a pretty cool month,” he said. “Again, we are not used or acclimatized to these hot temperatures, so this could be a significant shock to the system, he said. “I mean, heat like this has the potential to cause problems, especially during the hottest part of the day, so people should go a little easier during those afternoon hours. .”

Smith said he expects some thunderstorms later in the week.

“We expect some monsoon moisture to try to move up into the Northern Rockies on Wednesday afternoon,” he said. “We are looking at scattered thunderstorms over much of southwestern Montana. Again, these are going to be high so there will be very little precipitation with the added potential of a few lightning strikes. »

Smith said this week’s records were in no danger of being broken.

“Tuesday’s record is 105 here in Missoula, and Wednesday’s record is 104,” he said. “So we’re forecasting 96 degrees here in Missoula for Tuesday and 94 for Wednesday, so it’s going to be hot, but far from record high.”

Smith said those planning to beat the heat by floating rivers on inner tubes should be aware that local rivers are still quite high and cold and ensure they wear life jackets.

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