The ridge over the nation has shifted well north of our region which means hot temperatures are here and they will be with us all week. Expect temperatures 10-15 degrees above normal for the rest of the work week, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the weekend temperatures approaching normal. Even as we head into next week it looks like we’ll have a chance to see some below normal temperatures.
With fires still burning across Oregon and northern California expect to see some areas with smokey and hazy skies in all inland areas. The smoke in the air has the ability to form clouds, but with a lack of moisture it doesn’t look like any thunderstorms should form. However the chance for thunderstorms will be increasing as we head into late this week.
The ridge will be sitting over our area for the week but as we head into later this week we’ll see the monsoon advect some moisture from tropical storm Hector into the region which means an increased chance for thunderstorms. Hopefully this will help to wash some of the particulates out of the air as air quality in Medford, Klamath Falls and Lakeview are all now at the moderate level.
We’ll continue to keep our eye on air quality and fire danger and remember to like me on facebook to get more updates.
Thanks for logging on and stay cool out there!
Meteorologist Megan Parry