Smoke Comin’ in Hot
By Rachel Saurer
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - We saw some nice and slightly cooler than average temperatures in the Cowboy State today with upper 70s and lower 80s. This will be somewhat of a reprieve before some much hotter temperatures make their way back into the forecast starting Monday.
But for today, given the cooler temperatures and breezy conditions, we don’t have too many alerts for the state. We have a couple air quality alerts for the southern border and a pocket in the western corner and, since these winds are keeping up, we do have a fire watch over Rawlins and near the region around Casper. With the warm and dry conditions sticking around, those air quality alerts are expected to come back as well as some more fire watches and even red flag warnings may be possible later in the week.
Today, we have seen relatively smoke-free skies, but zonal flow will be bringing with it a large, heavy pocket of smoke that we’ll start to see by Monday morning. Heading into Monday evening, much of that heavier smoke will be covering most of the state, but concentrated mostly on the western half. Gillette will be in the clear until Tuesday morning when that heavy pocket shifts and all of Wyoming will be experiencing those smoky conditions.
Currently, we don’t see a lot happening on the radar, but our future tracker shows that some clouds will make their way into the state giving us the possibility of seeing some scattered showers in Cheyenne in those overnight hours on Monday. But, even if we do see any kind of precipitation from these clouds, it may only be enough to get our cars dirty.
Our winds are a different story. The southeastern corner of the state is seeing higher winds than the rest of the state, which will likely blow out those clouds pretty quickly and keep our precipitation chances slim. Winds will die out into those overnight hours, but increase into the afternoon and evening with some states seeing close to 20 mph winds and Kremmerer seeing 21 mph at about 6pm. Thankfully though, those winds will die off considerably into the night and into early Tuesday morning.
As the winds die down, our temperatures will also cool down considerably giving us that much needed reprieve into a hot couple of days. We are seeing a very wide range of temperatures for our lows -- anywhere from 34 in Yellowstone up to 56 in Newcastle and 59 in Scottsbluff.
Tomorrow, the state will be heating up again and we’ll be seeing much warmer temperatures than we saw today with several cities hitting those low- to mid-90s.
The rest of the forecast is looking promising, however, as it seems like we will just have to get through a couple of those hotter days and then by Wednesday we will start to cool back down into more seasonable temperatures. As we head into the weekend once again, we will be seeing some increased chances for precipitation and some thunderstorms.
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