The cool down continues today with temperatures below normal across the area with 80s in the valleys and the basin and this is just the beginning! The cooling trend will continue through the weekend with overnight lows northeast of the Cascades close to the freezing mark! The temperature plummet is due to a thermal trough off the coast which will start to makes it’s way inland over the next couple of days. Ahead of this system we’ll see increasing clouds across the area as well as windy conditions along the coast and east of the Cascades. We could see wind gusts up to 30 mph this afternoon, which is not a postive factor to help firefighters today. If we can speed this system up and have it push through tonight then today will be the only day with strong winds, however if the system does not pass through tonight then expect to see windy conditions again tomorrow. Also if this system doesn’t pass through tonight we’ll have the chance to see patchy morning fog along the coast again tomorrow. Winds shift once this system moves through which will keep the marine layer off the coast.
Expect to see partly cloudy skies tonight and tomorrow and once the system passes we’ll see the skies clear and even cooler temperatures late this week and weekend! Temperatures this weekend will be 20 degrees cooler in Medford than where we were last week! Less haze in the valleys the next couple of days, but smokey skies persist east of the Cascades and northern California.
The ridge that has brought the heat wave to the rest of the nation all summer long, and even before that, is finally starting to flatten out as we switch from a La Nina pattern to an El Nino set-up. It looks like the record breaking heat we’ve seen all summer for portions of the country is finally broken, and cooler temperatures should start to grip the nation.
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Have a great Tuesday and get out and enjoy this pleasant temperatures!
Meteorologist Megan Parry