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Summer Heat to Return for the Weekend

September 3rd, 2020
More of Wyoming is under Extreme Drought conditions following a very dry week filled with sunshine.
More of Wyoming is under Extreme Drought conditions following a very dry week filled with sunshine.(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 11:59 AM CDT
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As the week winds to a close, another warm up is expected as we head into the holiday weekend. Temperatures will be climbing back into the upper 80s and low 90s for much of Wyoming on Friday, and then the lower and mid 90s for Saturday and Sunday. It will be fantastic outdoor weather for anyone with plans for the long weekend, however multiple applications of sunscreen should be used and any activities involving burning should be avoided.

The newest drought monitor was released this morning, and now more of Central Wyoming is under level 4 “Extreme” drought conditions. Combine this with temperatures climbing back into the 90s and you have an environment fit to start fires. The sunny pattern we have been seeing throughout this week will continue through the weekend as well, but luckily the breezy conditions will hold off again until Sunday. Red Flag Warnings should be expected for many Wyoming counties come Sunday before a drastic weather change will greatly reduce that threat come Labor Day.

Labor Day is when things get very interesting. The highs for Monday afternoon are in the upper 70s into the low 80s, with the warmer temperatures expected in the southeastern part of the state. A powerful cold front will be marching through Wyoming Monday evening, rapidly cooling things off. As it passes through, expect a few rumbles of thunder followed by graupel and eventually snow. Yes, I said snow. The jet stream will be bringing temperatures far below average, and weather models continue to be more aggressive with the cold pattern and the likelihood of there being snow. Lows Monday night are expected to be in the low 30s around the freezing point with highs Tuesday afternoon in the mid 40s. Warmer conditions will return by the end of next week.

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