Fire Danger Upped To Extreme

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It’s not new news that this July has been a particularly hot one.  In fact, half of the days so far this month have breached the one hundred degree mark.  Temperatures were hot again this afternoon, but just below 100 in Medford.  Locations elsewhere, like Montague, did see highs in the triple digits.

Today was actually the first day in six that highs didn’t break 100, but with that streak of triple digit days and an already parched landscape, the fire danger level will be raised from high to extreme.  That happens tonight at midnight, on what will technically be July 19th.  The increased fire danger presents a new set of restrictions, mainly dealing with power tools and gas powered equipment.  For example, chainsaws, mowers, generators, and other items that could emit sparks are not to be used between the hours of 10 AM and 8 PM.  For a full set of the new restrictions, click here.

A break from the heat is coming soon, but the system bringing the cool down offers little rainfall to give us a break from the drought.  Temperatures will be dropping about ten to fifteen degrees from earlier this week by Monday, with a few isolated storms possible Monday and Tuesday as well.  Highs will begin to climb back into the middle 90’s by the end of next week.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna