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Warm and Smoky Week

By: Jordan Frazier
Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 5:45 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - We started off with above average temperatures for much of the state with lots of 90s. On top of the heat, we still have the risk of fire weather due to those high temperatures and an increase in our wind speeds. Our biggest issue is still the smoke prompting those air quality warnings to remain in effect until tomorrow afternoon. The smoke looks to be moving to the south into Colorado later in the week.

Change in wind pattern over the next few weeks leads to winds moving south into Colorado...
Change in wind pattern over the next few weeks leads to winds moving south into Colorado providing us with some relief.(Jordan Frazier)

Until then, we also see an enhanced fire outlook for the northeastern corner of the state near Sheridan and Gillette. In terms of shower activity, we only saw some showers in southern Montana with some of the clouds reaching down into northern Wyoming. Not much in terms of nearby weather systems which leads us to see relatively clear skies and warm temperatures throughout the week. By this weekend, we can see the cold front in Montana starting to make it’s way down bringing us some cooler temperatures, but also increased rain chances.

Wyoming is under clear skies and dry conditions for much of the week as there are no systems...
Wyoming is under clear skies and dry conditions for much of the week as there are no systems expected until this weekend.(Jordan Frazier)

Until then, winds will remain strong, helping to push out some of that heavy and thick smoke. Tonight, temperatures will cool down significantly for the northern regions of the state with those lower 50s and 40s in the forecast. The southeastern regions can see slightly above average temperatures with those upper 50s. Tomorrow, mostly clear skies can be seen around the state with warm temperatures in those upper 80s and 90s.

With clear skies and dry conditions, temperatures will remain above average for much of the...
With clear skies and dry conditions, temperatures will remain above average for much of the state with 90s being commonplace.(Jordan Frazier)

Later in the week, we can start seeing clouds move through as the cold front dips down. When that happens, we can see some cooler temperatures for this weekend, however, we can also see our rain chances go up.

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