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Hot, dry weekend ahead with record triple-digit temps possible


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — If you’re headed outside and away from air conditioning this weekend, be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. It’s going to be a hot one.

The National Weather Service in Cheyenne says this weekend will be hot and dry with temperatures ranging from the mid-90s to the mid-100s. That could set a new record for the second weekend of July, according to the weather service.

(National Weather Service Cheyenne Graphic)

But first, Friday. Today’s forecast calls for a 30% chance of isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The main threats of any storms that do fire up will be severe wind gusts, the weather service said in forecast discussion. Otherwise, today will be sunny with a high near 87 and winds from the southwest at 10 to 15 mph. A 20% chance of showers and storms will persist through about 9 p.m., after which the night skies will be mostly clear with a low around 57.

As high pressure strengthens over the area, Saturday will be sunny and hot with a high for Cheyenne around 95 degrees. The skies at night should be mostly clear as the low falls to 63. Winds will come from the southwest Saturday and later from the south, bringing some moisture into the area. That will prompt a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon, according to the forecast. Before any storm development, Sunday is setting up to be mostly sunny and hot as the high returns to around 95 degrees in Cheyenne.

Sunday should be quite a bit more windy than Saturday with a west northwest wind of 10 to 15 mph and gusts to 25 mph. Shower chances continue through midnight as skies remain mostly cloudy and the low falls to 58.

Thunderstorm activity is likely to resume in full on Monday. There’s a 40% chance for storms as an “unsettled pattern returns … with frontal boundary stalled” over the area, the weather service said in forecast discussion.

(National Weather Service Cheyenne Graphic)