The work week starts out very similar to Sunday with more seasonable temperatures, smokey and hazy skies with poor air quality for several locations. Early this morning air quality was in the “Sensitive” category for Cave Junction and Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Provolt had air quality improve back into “Good,” joining Grants Pass and Medford. You can find current air quality levels under ‘Weather Links.’
Winds will be shifting more westerly the next few days which means smoke will makes it’s way further east, this includes areas of Southeast Rogue Valley like Ashland, Medford and Eagle Point. Winds won’t be as strong today or tomorrow which will help firefighters, however, it will remain warm and dry; this unfavorable conditions will last through Wednesday. By midweek we could see the marine layer makes it’s way further inland, hopefully as far as the Douglas Fire Complex, which will provide more moisture for the fire fight.
An upper-level low will develop and become cut-off from the jetstream midweek which will bring much cooler temperatures Thursday and Friday, with mid-80s for west side valleys and upper-70s on the east side! This low pressure system will also bring the threat for thunderstorms. The Cascades have a slight chance for evening thunderstorms Tuesday with a better chance Wednesday and Thursday. The threat will spread to the east side on Wednesday and a slight chance Thursday for west side valleys and Siskiyou County. Be prepared for fire starts with lightning strikes as conditions continue to be warm and dry and fire danger level is at “Extreme.”
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Meteorologist Megan Parry