Afternoon highs climbed back up to the triple digits today, making this now the ninth day in July that temperatures have hit 100 degrees. Just a little bit of math…that’s over half of the days in July so far. Fortunately, we are still expecting some relief by next week, but the system moving through is not bringing much help for the drought.
The latest drought monitor was released Tuesday, showing all of southern Oregon and northern California in either severe, extreme, or exceptional drought. That means that, at a minimum, crop or pasture losses are likely, water shortages are common, and water restrictions are in effect to some extent. The next storm system moving through towards the beginning of next week may bring a spotty shower or storm to parched lands, but no widespread significant rainfall is expected. Because of the dry fuels, low relative humidity, and breezy conditions expected tomorrow afternoon, the Illinois Valley and portions of the Applegate Valley are under a fire weather watch beginning at noon Friday continuing until 8 PM Friday evening.
Temperatures will drop down near the 90 degree mark by Monday in the valley and northern California, with 70′s and 80′s in the higher elevations and Klamath Basin. The coast will also see a cool down as highs drop to the lower 60′s. By the middle of the week though, temperatures will be climbing back towards the middle 90′s.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna