The scorching hot temperatures we've experienced this summer in Montana have many of us praying for snow and cooler temperatures. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Montana, and moisture and precipitation are much needed. Many of the fires in the state won't be fully contained until snow falls.

There has been little relief for firefighters in Montana this year. Hot dry conditions have persisted throughout much of the summer. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Cooler temperatures and rain are in the forecast for many places throughout the state later this week.

A series of thunderstorms will move through southwest Montana this week, and along with cooler temperatures, will bring much-needed rain. The storms will also help to improve poor air quality in much of the state.

According to the National Weather Service office in Great Falls, cooler temperatures are forecasted for Bozeman this week. After starting the week off in the upper 80s, temps will drop down into the upper 50s or low 60s by Wednesday. The chance of rain will also increase later in the week, with a 90% chance of precipitation on Wednesday.

The cooler weather is also a blessing for country music fans looking forward to attending Headwaters Country Jam this week. The music festival kicks off Thursday, August 19, and will wrap up on Saturday, August 21. Highs around 70 degrees are in the forecast for all three days of Headwaters Country Jam. There is also rain in the forecast, so you may want to take some rain gear along with you if you plan on attending the festival.

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