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Summer heat

Two people on stand-up paddleboards rest in the middle of Lake Elmo on July 9 as temperatures reached 90 degrees.

Unseasonably hot temperatures in southeast Montana will only get more insufferable today. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting near-record temperatures Friday and Saturday from Livingston to Miles City. 

Billings is expected to reach 100 degrees Friday — just below the daily record — and 103 degrees Saturday — just above the record. 

With that forecast comes an increased chance of wildfires. Much of western Montana is under a red flag warning. The Billings area is not, but the weather service is still warning of dangerous fire weather conditions. Humidity is expected to be low, winds could gust up to 25 mph, and a stray dry thunderstorm could pass through. 

A cold front moving through Saturday night is expected to bring temperatures in Billings down to a more manageable 96 degrees Sunday. 

Here's advice from forecasters about how to stay safe:

  • Drink extra water
  • Wear light colored clothing
  • Reduce strenuous outdoor activities
  • Try to spend time in air conditioned buildings
  • Assist the elderly, kids and pets in staying cool
  • Avoiding discarding cigarettes, driving in dry grass, dragging tow chains, leaving campfires unattended and burning trash

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