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Montana Can Expect Slightly Warmer, Wetter Summer, Forecasts Say

Jun 3, 2019

Western Montana’s extended climate outlook calls for a typically warm summer and maybe more rain than normal.

That from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center which has issued its 90-day outlook.

"Summer looks like it’s going to be probably average or slightly above average for temperatures, and  expecting pretty normal precipitation, maybe a little bit extra."

That’s National Weather Service, Missoula Meteorologist Ryan Leach. Leach says the extended outlook paints in broad strokes. It does not offer a detailed look at the region’s extended day-to-day weather forecast.

A three-month temperature outlook forecasts a slighter warmer than average summer for Western Montana.
Credit National Weather Service

The Climate Prediction Center says the extended outlook also calls for slightly above-normal precip and equal chances for above, below or normal temperatures this summer in eastern Montana.

A dramatic shift in western Montana’s weather is expected later this week. A strong cold front will push into the region Thursday, bringing with it some potentially powerful thunderstorms.

Temperatures Friday will begin a downward spiral into the upper 50s to low 60s through the weekend.