Rain gives way to warm, sunny Fourth forecast


It just might rain on your parade this Fourth of July — but it depends on when and where you’re celebrating.

Warm, dry weather returned to western Montana late this week and will likely continue through Independence Day, closing out a June that began warm but turned cooler and rainy. On Friday, the Fourth of July forecast looked to be warm and sunny in the Missoula vicinity, but for some places included a chance of afternoon thunderstorms providing potential natural fireworks.

After rain gave way to sunny skies scattered with clouds and temperatures in the 70s on Wednesday, more summer-like weather began Thursday, with sunny skies and a high of 88 degrees in Missoula. On Friday, the National Weather Service predicted a daily high of 90, which would best June’s hottest day so far: 89 degrees on June 7.

In Missoula, the agency predicted a high of 90 degrees Saturday, 87 degrees Sunday, 86 degrees Monday and 80 degrees on the Fourth of July. Overnight lows were predicted to range from the mid-50s to low 60s. The agency foresaw sunny days and nights through Monday night, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms on the Fourth.


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