Hot, Hot, Hot This Week

Published: Sep. 3, 2022 at 9:09 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Summer is not going away quietly. There are some near record breaking high temperatures forecasted to conclude the Labor Day holiday weekend. Sunday will be the hottest. One reason is due to the lack of cloud coverage over Wyoming the next several days. High pressure will build in the desert southwest lacking moisture that has typically funneled its way to Wyoming over the past several weeks. That will be the lacking ingredient over most of this week to produce unseasonably high temperatures in the last month of summer.

Sunday will be hot across the state.
Sunday will be hot across the state.(Ryan Shollenberger)

Winds will provide some reprieve over the holiday weekend. Saturday night and Sunday morning the eastern third of Wyoming will have breezy winds overnight nearing 30 mph. Sunday afternoon the breezy winds will increase behind the eastern border with west to northwesterly winds gusting 25 to 30 mph for most of the state. Wind speeds will not be as fast in the subsequent day.

Sunday wind speeds start along the eastern border in the morning. By the afternoon higher wind...
Sunday wind speeds start along the eastern border in the morning. By the afternoon higher wind speeds shift across the western half of the state.(Ryan Shollenberger)

Though wind speeds lessen, the wind direction will play a more major role as smoke looms from Idaho. Saturday sets up a dense layer of smoke across southern Montana. Sunday around noon the heavier smoke will start to trickle south into Wyoming. By midnight the plume will have reached Casper. By noon Monday smoke will be encroaching on Cheyenne as denser particulates fill in the eastern side of Wyoming.

Sunday and Monday will bring smoke into Wyoming from fires in Idaho.
Sunday and Monday will bring smoke into Wyoming from fires in Idaho.(Ryan Shollenberger)

Besides the high temperatures and fire outlook, we will be watching where the smoke goes as we enter a stagnant weather pattern. While the western states swelter, we will patiently wait for the end of the week for the next cold front to bring us back to normal temperatures this time of year.

Near record breaking temperatures the next few days will be felt in Cheyenne and across Wyoming.
Near record breaking temperatures the next few days will be felt in Cheyenne and across Wyoming.(Ryan Shollenberger)