With high pressure in control for the next couple of days, highs Saturday are going to be well above average. For some locations, afternoon temperatures will reach near record values. In Medford, the record high for September 20th is 98 degrees, and the forecast high is only one degree shy of that.
That’s not to say that it wasn’t hot in some places on Friday…Brookings made it up to the 90′s with offshore flow and help from the Chetco Effect. I don’t think we’ll see temperatures quite as hot on Saturday, but it will still be a warm afternoon for some locations along the coast. For once I’m going to say “enjoy the heat while we have it,” because highs next week will fall to the lower 70′s in the Rogue Valley, 60′s in the Klamath Basin, and 50′s for highs in the mountains.
Fortunately, with the easterly offshore winds that we’ve been seeing, smoke from the Happy Camp Complex is being pushed out of central Siskiyou County towards the coast, and air quality has improved throughout the region. Winds will develop a more southerly component by Saturday evening and Sunday, so it’s possible that smoke from the Complex will return to southern Oregon.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna