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Missoula's recent dry spell has set a record for consecutive days without measurable precipitation. This picture shows Deschamps Lane west of Missoula in late July.

Missoula is in the middle of a dry spell that has set a new record.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 9, Missoula had not had any measurable precipitation for 43 days, breaking the previous record of 42 set in 2012.

Mike Zenner, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Missoula, said that there is a 23 percent chance of precipitation up until Saturday, but that’s not a big chance.

And that lack of precipitation isn’t helping the smoke.

Jeff Kitsmiller, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Missoula, said that “with how thick this smoke is” it would be hard for any small amount of rain to really clear up the area.

“There are so many sides to it,” Kitsmiller said “there’s smoke from fires around us, smoke from Canada … there’s so many sources we’d need the weather patterns to change.”

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