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From Heat to Thunderstorms

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The story shifts today from extreme heat to thunderstorms.  Medford has the chance to break a ten-year record high temperature this afternoon, if we surpass 105 degrees today we’ll do it!  We’ll  see temperatures start to drop tomorrow and plummet as we head into next week.  Temperatures will be 10 degrees cooler by Sunday and 10-15 degrees cooler by midweek.

While we leave the extremelly hot temperatures behind we’ll see a chance for thunderstorms increase this afternoon through Saturday.  With the hot and dry weather we’ve been experiencing any lightning that strikes outside of the rain core of storms could ignite new wildfires.  Also strong gusty winds are possible in thunderstorms, which could lead to explosive fire growth of current wildfires as well as any new ones that form.  Storms that form on Saturday will have more rainfall than any storms that form Friday.  The best chance for storms on Friday will be west of the Cascades and shift to the eastside as we head into Saturday.  Winds and lightning aren’t the only threats with thunderstorms, a chance for small hail is possible with Saturday storms.  Lightning is a deadly weather event so remember if you hear thunder roar, head indoors.

With all of these conditions the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning across our entire area starting at 4:00 pm today and lasting until 8:00 pm Saturday.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occuring our will be shortly leading to the possibility of explosive fire growth.  Remember that Fire Danger Level is now at ‘Extreme’ and you can find out what regulations are now in effect by going to the ‘weather links’ on the ‘weather page.’

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Have a great weekend!

Meteorologist Meagn Parry