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Critical fire weather Thursday

The extremely dry weather continues across western Montana with a strong cold front expected on Thursday.

We can expect clear, chilly nights and sunny, very warm to hot days through Wednesday.  Lows in the 40s to lower 50s with highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s.

Thick smoke will continue to plague the northern Rockies with no end in sight.  An AIR QUALITY ALERT remains posted for Missoula, Ravalli and Granite Counties.  Air quality is rated as unhealthy to very unhealthy in many areas.

A strong cold front will arrive Wednesday night and Thursday.  There is a lot of concern about this because winds will increase and possibly gust up to 40 mph.  A few wet and dry showers and thunderstorms are possible, with lightning a major concern and winds from outflow of the storms may gust to 50 mph.

Cooler Thursday and Friday with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Hot and dry weather returns this weekend with sunshine and highs warming back to the 80s and lower 90s.  This should continue next week.  

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