Hot weather sparks fear of fire

2014-07-22T07:38:00Z 2014-07-24T09:35:12Z Hot weather sparks fear of fireBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The threat of a possible thunderstorm Tuesday will quickly dry out, as temperatures jump 10 degrees Wednesday and Thursday pushing highs near 100 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Billings area, warning that there is potential for severe thunderstorms Tuesday. Large hail and heavy rains could appear along and east of a Miles City to Broadus line, the warning read.

As temperatures make a run at triple digits Wednesday and Thursday, forecasters are encouraging people to take extra precautions to prevent fires which could easily ignite dry grasses and other parched fuels.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms have a 20 percent chance of making it to Billings Tuesday. Skies will be partly sunny for most of the day and highs will reach 90. A calm wind will kick up to 6 mph by late morning. 

Chances for rain will dissipate by evening. Cloudy skies and lows near 60 are all that's expected Tuesday night. A northwest wind of 5 to 9 mph is expected.

Skies will be mostly sunny Wednesday as highs reach 99. A slight breeze of 5 to 7 mph is expected in the afternoon. 

Temperatures will drop Wednesday night, as lows fall to near 62. Skies will be partly cloudy and a southeast wind of 7 to 9 mph will become west southwest after midnight.

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