Heat Wave Sticks with Wyoming this Weekend
August 7th, 2020
We head into the weekend with some scorching temperatures for our Friday. Nearly the entire eastern half of the state will be seeing temperatures soar into at least the low 90s this afternoon, with some locations potentially cracking triple digits. Places like Laramie are an exception, where temperatures will top off in the upper 80s. Rain chances will be minimal for this weekend, with a couple of spotty showers being possible Friday afternoon to offer some sort of relief.
When it comes to Friday, the low rain chances and high heat will be accompanied by breezy conditions for the southern part of the state. This is once again escalating an already high wildfire risk. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Red Flag warnings for much of Southern Wyoming until 8PM MDT tonight. Sustained wind speeds of 16-20 mph are expected this afternoon for the southern half of the state, and gusts could be higher than 30 mph in these same areas, easily spreading any fires that may start. As mentioned earlier, a couple of spotty showers will be possible today, however they will likely not be bring enough rain to put out any such fires, much less enough to offer any sort of relief to the widespread drought conditions. Severe weather is also not anticipated.
For Saturday, things will be a little bit cooler (by a few degrees) thanks to a little more cloud cover in the afternoon. Rain chances are also slightly higher for Saturday as well, though they will still be very small and scattered in nature. Severe weather is not expected with these either. Come Sunday however a new cold front will begin to march across Wyoming. Some places, like Casper, will barely notice it; the temperature drop from Saturday into Sunday is less than 5 degrees. It will drop temperatures out of the 90s for Casper for the day, however, and up the rain chances ever so slightly. It’s effects will be felt more on Monday in places like Cheyenne, where the temperature is forecast to fall to the lower 80s and scattered thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon.
Anybody with outdoor plans this weekend would be wise to bring extra sunscreen as well as lots of water to stay hydrated, as temperatures will remain in the 90s and heat index values are rather high.
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