Scorching Heat Over the Weekend
July 17th, 2020
After a slight midweek cool-down, the heat quickly came back on Thursday as temperatures climbed into the 90s once again. As we finish off the week, some locations may see record highs fall, especially for Friday the 17th. The only real relief from the heat for the next couple of days is a small trough passing through Montana and Wyoming that could bring a few spotty showers to the southeastern portion of the state. This doesn’t really help locations such as Casper that will be seeing temperatures in excess of 90 degrees everyday for the foreseeable future. This trough will bring a weak cold front through Wyoming over the weekend, but it won’t be felt like the last one and rain chances are not exactly climbing as it comes in either. This isn’t ideal given drought conditions across the state have worsened over the past week, and that trend will not reverse until we get a decent amount of rain.
The dry conditions and high heat are also leading to an escalation in the risk for wildfires, especially with breezy conditions expected throughout Friday afternoon for much of Central Wyoming, where the drought conditions are the worst. Red Flag Warnings are in effect until 8PM MDT Friday because of the breezy conditions that would easily allow fires to spread. The winds are not expected to be as strong Saturday, however Cheyenne could see breezy conditions Sunday afternoon when conditions are expected to be a little cooler because of the cold front. Unfortunately for Cheyenne the rain chances associated with this cold front have dropped, however it will bring the city cooler conditions for the first half of next week.
Overall the weekend is expected to have its fair share of sunshine and hot temperatures, so anyone with outdoor plans should wear plenty of sunscreen and keep water handy to stay hydrated.
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