Although the past weekend was very warm and dry, that same trend will not be continuing into this week. Highs today reached temperatures above average, but some high clouds working their way in were a sign of what’s to come in the next couple of days. Temperatures will take a downhill slide towards the weekend, and even some rain chances will help break up the monotony of the previous hot and dry days.
The next storm system is set to swing onshore over the next 48 hours, bringing with it isolated showers across the region, as well as highs back below average. The best chance of rain comes Wednesday evening into the overnight hours of early Thursday morning, then continuing until around lunchtime on Thursday. A few lingering showers will still be possible on Friday, but most locations will only see a sprinkle or two. While the weekend begins partly to mostly cloudy with a few leftover clouds still in place on Saturday, Sunday looks to usher in more blue skies and warmer temperatures.
The little rainfall that we will see this week will help, but by no means, eliminate the drought in place throughout southern Oregon and northern California. Jackson and Josephine counties remain in the “high” category for the fire danger level. Just today, Douglas county was upgraded to the moderate, or blue category – something to consider as the Fourth of July approaches and fireworks go on sale.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna