Heat Wave Expected to Roast Northern Rockies This Weekend

Another weekend is set to bring another string of potentially record-breaking high temperatures to another part of the Western United States.

This time, it is the northern Rockies and the High Plains, including parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah, that will be under a high-pressure system known as a heat dome, according to forecasts. That will set temperatures in those states soaring through the weekend and early next week, peaking on Monday.

Bozeman, Mont., could record its hottest temperature reading ever by reaching 107 degrees on Monday, according to the private forecasting service AccuWeather. Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City may see rare triple-digit highs on Sunday and Monday.

One thing could end up keeping those temperatures down a bit: the wildfires burning in other parts of the West. “There is the chance that smoke from nearby wildfires can keep the sky hazy, which could curb some of the heat,” said Jessica Storm, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.

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