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Heat and Smoke are Back, Will They Stay?

By: Jordan Frazier
Updated: Aug. 23, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The heat is back across the state today with lots of 80s and 90s, especially in the eastern regions of the state. Our warning map today is covered with a variety of alerts like fire weather watches and warnings, as well as air quality warnings. This is because the hot and dry conditions are not helping out the smoke or the risk for more wildfires.

Hot and dry conditions lead us with lots of fire weather watches and warnings as well as air...
Hot and dry conditions lead us with lots of fire weather watches and warnings as well as air quality warnings from the thick wildfire smoke to the north.(Jordan Frazier)

By tomorrow, it looks like the heavy smoke to the north will split into two and move south again resulting in smoky and hazy conditions for the big cities like Casper and Cheyenne. Not too much activity in terms of rain to help bring us some relief from these hot and hazy conditions. A couple of showers and storms were moving across the southeastern portion of the state today. The wind was also on the stronger side today as, on our surface map, we have multiple battling pressure systems. Behind them is a weak cold front to our west.

The multiple battling pressure systems have left us breezy across much of the state today. We...
The multiple battling pressure systems have left us breezy across much of the state today. We are also watching the front behind them as they plan to bring cooler temperatures to the north.(Jordan Frazier)

This will move in tomorrow and stall out over the central region of the state. It’ll bring some cooler temperatures to the north resulting in highs more so in the 70s. Unfortunately, it will not bring too much in terms of precipitation. Tomorrow, the Storm Prediction Center has a general thunderstorm risk for the northern half as that front brings in a little bit of moisture. Overnight, expect mostly clear skies and average temperatures with lows around the state in the 40s and 50s. For highs tomorrow, they will be warmer in the south with upper 80s and some 90s, while the north will see mostly 70s with a few 80s scattered in there. Conditions throughout much of the week will be consistent with seasonable temperatures and very few chances of rain. We will be sure to keep you updated if anything changes.

As that front moved through, it will stall out leaving the northern regions on the cooler side...
As that front moved through, it will stall out leaving the northern regions on the cooler side with 70s and the southern side warmer with mostly 80s.(Jordan Frazier)

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