This now marks the seventh day this year that temperatures have climbed above 100 in Medford, but there is an end in sight for the heat. We will have one or two more days at or near the century mark, then temperatures drop closer to our seasonal averages. Unfortunately, our seasonal averages are still in the 90′s, but that’s still nearly a ten degree drop from the temperatures we have been seeing the past few days.
The upper level ridge in place will weaken by the middle of the week before a trough swings through the area and drops the temperatures a few degrees more. The thunderstorm chance is still present in the forecast for the next few days as well. Most of the available moisture is further south into California and northern Nevada, but isolated storms are still possible in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties through the rest of the week. A stray storm cannot be ruled out in the basin Wednesday and Thursday either. Cloud cover increases a bit for the weekend, and the coast may see some drizzle Sunday and Monday.
Although we are all dreaming of cooler days, it’s important to remember the heat we are seeing now is more than just an uncomfortable inconvenience. Spending an extended amount of time outdoors may lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Because there is not much of a break from the warmth at night, a heat advisory remains in effect for portions of the valley until Wednesday at 10 PM, and in western Siskiyou County until Thursday at 10 PM.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna