Much of Montana is currently experiencing a heatwave. Temperatures in the triple digits were recorded Monday, June 14 in many parts of the state.

In Bozeman, it reached 99 degrees on Monday. breaking a record of 93 degrees recorded at Gallatin Field in 1987.

As of 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15 in Bozeman, it was 98 degrees. Today's high temperature also breaks a record of 88 degrees that was recorded at Gallatin Field in 1987.

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We spoke with meteorologist Tom Pepe, who works at the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana. He told us that temperatures in the high 90s aren't common for Montana in June. Most of the all-time high-temperature records in Bozeman and the rest of the state were set in the month of June.

According to Tanja Fransen from NWS Glasgow, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the entire state is 117 degrees. The temperature was recorded at Med Lake and Glendive.
The National Weather Service has been recording temperatures at Gallatin Field (Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport) since 1941. During that time, the hottest year on record in the Bozeman area was 2007. The hottest days ever recorded in Bozeman took place in July of 2007.

Here are the five hottest temperatures ever recorded in Bozeman, Montana. 

  1. July 6, 2007 - 106 degrees
  2. July 3, 2007 - 105 degrees
  3. July 19, 2007 - 105 degrees
  4. July 23, 2007 - 105 degrees
  5. July 20, 2007 - 104 degrees

With such extreme temperatures, it's very important to stay hydrated and avoid extended amounts of time outdoors. Drink lots of water. If you work outside, sunscreen is your friend on days like today.

Much of Montana is currently under a Red Flag Warning. That means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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