Well today is a carbon copy of the last several days with sunny skies across the region and temperatures very seasonable for the summer. Tomorrow is when we’ll start to see, or rather, feel the change! Temperatures jump about 5 degrees tomorrow and another 5 on Saturday. This has been the statically hottest week of the year so far, and this weekend will be the hottest weekend as well as have the hottest day of the year so far. On Saturday Medford will break into the triple digits which means Medford will have gone 709 consecutive days without a 100 degree temperature. There is a limited chance that if monsoon moisture reaches the region too early Saturday we could see increased cloud cover which would limit daytime heating. That said, I think we’ll get enough heating to break into the triple digits.
The triple digit temperature will be one of two rare events for this summer across the region, with the other being a chance for monsoon thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. If enough moisture is advected into the region we could see quite an active weather weekend. With limited moisture means the chance for dry thunderstorms increases. With fire danger remaining at a high and with the hot and dry conditions we’ve been seeing and will continue to see, make sure to keep fire safety in mind this weekend. Not only fire safety but your own personal safety should be considered over the next several days as we see temperatures well above normal. Heat is the number one weather related killer in the United States; so make sure to stay hydrated, stay cool and know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you plan on being outdoors for long periods of time remember to start drinking water before you become thirsty.
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Have a great Thursday and stay cool out there!
Meteorologist Megan Parry