MISSOULA — While high temperatures will continue to batter western Montana, the National Weather Service has slightly modified its heat warnings.

Originally our heat warnings were issued until Friday evening. They have now been updated and will end tonight around 11pm. This change does not mean the heat is going away, however.

The warmest temperatures of the week are forecast today – triple digits for many locations along the ID/MT border. However, temperatures will drop slightly after today as westerly winds arrive tomorrow.

Due to low humidity, persistent high temperatures and incoming wind, the fire risk is likely to increase into the weekend.

Unfortunately, there is no end in sight for this heat. Long-term forecast models point to below-average precipitation and above-average temperatures for at least the next two weeks.

Continue to take precautions regarding the heat until we see a major change in the weather pattern.