As expected, temperatures reached the triple digits Monday afternoon. Several locations broke records, and Medford tied their record of 101, originally set in 1968. There is no relief from this heat in the short-term, or the long-term for that matter. Highs near 100 are expected towards the end of the weekend.
Montague, Alturas, Mount Shasta, and Klamath Falls all broke records today. It’s no surprise that a heat advisory has been issued for eastern Curry County, Jackson and Josephine Counties, and western and central Siskiyou County. This continues until 11 PM Tuesday night. This means that daytime temperatures may range from 102 – 105 degrees, and nighttime lows may not drop below 65 degrees. Be mindful of certain age groups, like the very young or elderly, and make sure they have a cool place to stay and plenty of water. Also take extra care to stay hydrated if working outdoors for extended time periods.
Along with the heat, thunderstorms are in the forecast for Tuesday and Tuesday night in most locations. Because of this, a fire weather warning has been issued for portions of Siskiyou, Modoc, Klamath, and Lake Counties. It takes effect at 2 PM Tuesday and continues until 11 PM Tuesday night. Thunderstorms that form will contain little rainfall, and any lightning strikes may start a fire with the dry fuels already present. If you’re looking for some relief from the heat and storms, head to the coast. Highs will be mainly in the 60′s with partly cloudy skies for the next several days.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna