Week of warmth and sun ahead of possible showers, thunderstorms

A greater sage grouse takes flight. (Tatiana Gettelman/USGS)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Above normal temperatures approaching the mid-80s will be possible this week as high pressure settles into the region before breaking down to allow for storm chances headed into the weekend.

Today will be sunny with a high near 75 degrees as winds come from the west at 8 to 16 mph with gusts to 24 mph. Winds will turn to come from the north in the afternoon. Skies will remain mostly clear into tonight as the low falls to around 47, the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, forecasts.

Tuesday through Thursday will reproduce today’s conditions, except temperatures will continue to climb. Tuesday’s forecast high is 77, rising to 82 on Wednesday and Thursday as high pressure remains in place. The nights also will be comparable with mostly clear skies and lows ranging from 48 to 51 degrees in Gillette, according to the National Weather Service.

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Friday’s temps will take a hit, with a forecast high of 62, as clouds again fill the sky. The high pressure ridge is expected to break down allowing a modest low and cold front to move in. The forecast is calling for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms as modeling is inconsistent this far out, meteorologists said in forecast discussion.

Highs for the weekend will remain seasonable in the low to mid 60s under mostly sunny skies.

More on the forecast is available at the National Weather Service website.

Klark Byrd is the Managing Editor for Oil City News, Cap City News and County 17. His award-winning journalism career started here in 2007 in Sidney, Nebraska, and has taken him to North Dakota, Georgia and Texas before landing to Wyoming. Feel free to contact him at editor@oilcity.news.