Another day of intense heat is upon us. Afternoon highs will be climbing into the upper 90’s and triple digits in the Rogue Valley as well as Siskyou County. Many places on the East Side will be warming into the mid 90’s. A steady rise in temperatures is expected through the weekend as high pressure positioned over the Four Corners continues to expand.
Sunday and Monday are going to be the warmest days of this heat streak. Records may be tied near Klamath Falls during this time but the main impressive note to mention about this heat wave is not the temperatures, but rather the length. We have already had 5 consecutive days of 95 degree + weather in Medford. With the current 7 day forecast we are looking at 12 days. This would break the 11 consecutive day streak (of 95 degree + temperatures) from 2001 and tie the 12 day record from 1974. The longest warm weather stretch was 18 days set in 1967 which will most likely not happen, but it’s possible we break the 12 day record!
No heat relief seems to be in sight. By the end of the 7 day forecast, which is Thursday of next week …temperatures are still in the upper 90’s. Come Tuesday, the thunderstorm threat also returns to our viewing area. This will certainly be a problem for wildfires, as many flare ups have already occurred the past several days from just the dry conditions. Add in some dry lightning, and fire fighters are going to be have to watch things very closely.
Have a great weekend & stay cool!