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Here comes the sun: Gillette to warm up ahead of next week’s showers

H/t Miss Bailey Knopp

GILLETTE, Wyo. — It’s been a wet, dreary few days in Campbell County, but the moisture was sorely needed.

Prior to this week’s rains, parts of Campbell County were abnormally dry. Some areas were already in the first stage of drought, according to the latest drought monitor map published May 7. Records for Gillette from the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, show the city received 0.36 inches of rain over the last few days, hardly enough to dent an oncoming drought. However, it’s better than nothing, and more is on the way.

A dry, warm weekend is in the forecast from the NWS in Rapid City , at least through Sunday afternoon. Today will see a high near 63 with decreasing clouds as drier air moves into the region. There will be a light north wind at 5–10 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with a high near 39.

Saturday and Sunday will be sunny days with highs of 71 and 70, respectively. Overnight lows will be near 44 degrees.

Sunday afternoon will see the return of storm chances at 30%. Winds will come from the west at 8–13 mph. Gusts could reach 18 mph.

Monday will see a similar setup — sunny to start with afternoon storm chances creeping in. The forecast high is 76. There’s a 20% chance for afternoon storms before the low drops to around 46. Thunderstorm chances stick around through the night and lead into a potentially wet, 63-degree Tuesday.

More on the weather is available from the NWS in Rapid City.