Even Hotter For Tuesday

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Temperatures Monday were much warmer than the highs from the weekend.  Medford saw a high very near the century mark, but some locations in northern California made it into the triple digits.  This heat wave continues for a large part of the week ahead, but we won’t be quite as hot by the Fourth of July.

The National Weather Service defines a heat wave as “a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather. Typically a heat wave lasts two or more days.”  Although the humidity is not a factor for us, temperatures will be above average for several days in a row.  Along with the brutal heat Tuesday, some locations will see isolated storms.  The low rainfall amounts and lightning, paired with the dry fuels in place, are cause for a Fire Weather Watch.   This will affect most of Siskiyou County.  It begins in the afternoon (along with the chance for thunderstorms) and continues until 11 PM Tuesday night.  By Wednesday, a Fire Weather Watch also takes effect for portions of Klamath and Lake counties, due to the thunderstorm chance in the Klamath Basin.

There is good news on the horizon.  A weak cold front moves through and drops temperatures back down to the lower 90’s for the Rogue Valley.  Although above average, it will be around a ten degree drop from Tuesday’s highs.  The Fourth of July will feature these “cooler” temperatures, as well as abundant sunshine.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna