Billings residents looking for an opportunity to get outside have a great chance Thursday as cloudless skies and highs in the mid 70s make for near perfect weather, but it probably won't last long.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook over the weekend, warning that an atmospheric disturbance out of the Pacific Northwest will slide through Idaho before reaching Montana Friday.
The storms could increase chances for widespread thunderstorm development across the area Friday and Saturday, the warning said.
Wednesday, the NWS predicts, will be mostly sunny with highs near 75. A slight breeze, 9 to 14 mph, will blow from the east.
A little bit of fog was picked up on radar early Wednesday morning, but it will burn off by mid morning.
There is a 20 percent chance for showers in the forecast Wednesday evening, as skies become partly cloudy and lows fall to 53. East winds 8 to 17 mph will become south after midnight.
Skies will be partly sunny Friday as highs reach 79. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected after noon, as are 13 to 16 mph winds out of the southwest.
By nightfall Friday the chance for showers will increase to 40 percent. Skies will be mostly cloudy and lows will fall to 49. Winds out of the north at 9 to 15 mph are expected.