Cooler Tuesday in store for Billings region; red flag warning in place

2012-09-04T06:45:00Z 2012-09-23T21:00:09Z Cooler Tuesday in store for Billings region; red flag warning in placeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

It'll be a bit cooler in the Billings area on Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service's Billings office, the high will reach 77 degrees, making it the fourth straight day temperatures haven't reached the 90s and the first since Aug. 3 they haven't hit at least 80.

The day will also be mostly sunny before an overnight low of 47.

While the temperatures will be cooler, that doesn't mean the summer's seemingly-endless streak of dangerous fire weather is over. The NWS has issued a red flag warning for the lower half of Eastern Montana, from Billings to the east, until 9 p.m., cautioning of low humidity and gusty winds of as much as 30 mph before a wind shift hits as a cold front moves into the area.

The weather service warns that those conditions could cause fires to quickly spread.

Things should calm down on Wednesday, with a high of 81 degrees, calm winds and clear skies giving way to an overnight low of 49.

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