Isolated Storms Possible This Weekend
June 4th, 2021
The hottest day of the week has arrived for most of Wyoming, and it sure does feel like summer heading into the first weekend of June. Temperatures this afternoon are going to approach the 100 degree mark in several cities in the state close to the Montana border, and places in the middle of the state won’t be too far behind them. There aren’t going to be many opportunities to cool off today, though some of us could see a couple of those over the weekend as some isolated storm chances return to parts of the state along with some scattered cloud cover.
For today, the places with the highest temperatures will likely see very little cloud cover, with the exception of the Big Horn Basin where Worland and Thermopolis could see a stray thunderstorm move through the area later this evening. Isolated storm activity looks to be reserved for the northwestern corner of the state later this afternoon and evening along with scattered cloud cover, though a few of those could creep further eastward as nightfall draws upon us. The southeastern corner of the state likely won’t see much cloud cover at all until the afternoon hours arrive Saturday, with places like Casper beginning to see some clouds overnight ahead of the weekend.
Saturday will bring slightly cooler conditions to the areas that get scorched today, though Cheyenne and the Nebraska Panhandle look to be a bit warmer Saturday afternoon ahead of any isolated storm activity. Saturday is Free Fishing Day in the Cowboy State, where Game and Fish encourages Wyomingites to get out and enjoy the many bodies of water the state has to introduce new folk to the sport. Being on the water is a good way to cool off a bit, though anyone planning to take part in the festivities should bring a bottle of sunblock and multiple bottles of water to stay hydrated. Low to mid 90s are still expected as highs for much of the state and into the Panhandle, though Cheyenne is not expected to reach the 90 degree mark this weekend. With isolated storms expected to fire up during the late afternoon and evening hours, it would be a good idea to get that fishing done early as to not get caught up with any water and lightning risks or getting stuck outside in any hail. Strong breezes will also be possible with storms, which are primarily expected in the eastern third of the state with a couple expected in the central region.
Sunday will bring back widespread sunshine but overall cooler temperatures as many of us will drop back below or down to the 90 degree mark after Saturday’s storms. Sunday’s rain chances are much lower with the return of sunny skies, but a few pop up storms will still be possible, primarily in the eastern third of the state. These storms over the weekend will be the best opportunity for areas that see them to cool off, however the relief from the heat will be short lived as temperatures will likely climb again once they pass, and there may even be a bit of local humidity to go with them. Sunday will also see some stronger breezes that could help cool things slightly, mainly in Western and Central Wyoming. However these winds could also escalate a bit of a fire threat with the drought stricken region, especially now with Casper back at a Level 3 Severe drought after getting skimmed over Memorial Day Weekend.
The summer heat looks to continue into next week as Cheyenne hangs in the mid 80s and Casper in the lower 90s along with many other cities in the northern half of Wyoming. More average temperatures for this time of year should return late next week.
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