Winds still from the northwest continue to feed smoke into the Rogue and Illinois valley as well as areas of Siskiyou county. Smoke in the valleys will be worse than higher elevations as it gets ‘stuck’ between the mountains. Visibility may be reduced at times and air quality will continue to deteriorate through the day for many locations. You can find the most up to date air quality levels under ‘weather links.’ While air quality improves overnight, most areas are still in the ‘Moderate’ to ‘Sensitive.’ Take safety precautions by limiting your outdoor activity and avoiding strenuous activities both indoors and out, especially those with respiratory problems.
An upper low to our west will bring the first chance for thunderstorms late this afternoon for the Cascades and tonight for areas west of the Cascades where a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the potential for abundant lightning, dry fuels and gusty winds up to 30 to 40 mph. The thunderstorm threat on the west side is slight tonight but will continue through Thursday. Speaking of Thursday, that is the first day we may get some help from the weather for the fire fight as moisture climbs, temperatures cool and we add a chance for isolated to scattered showers; the marine layer will thicken and move further inland which could help those fighting the largest fires in southern Oregon in Douglas and Josephine counties.
Temperatures remain below normal through Friday then we start to warm up again as we head into the weekend. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the fires, smoke and air quality across southern Oregon and northern California on Newswatch12.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry