Phew ... 102 sounds so much cooler than 104

It's still going to get hot, but temperatures aren't likely to hit early estimates

It will still be plenty hot into next week, but not quite as broiling as meteorologists originally predicted.

The National Weather Service has scaled back slightly its forecast for the next three days, saying that the high temperature will reach 102 degrees on Tuesday, down two degrees from the previous forecast of 104 — and much lower than the 108 discussed earlier last week.

"It won't be quite as warm as first thought, but the temperatures will still be above average," said National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Glaser.

Highs are still expected to reach triple digits for the first three days next week, with Monday coming in at 100, Tuesday at 102 and Wednesday at 100.

Temperatures will drop just a bit in time for the Fourth of July, with the high predicted at 95 on the holiday.

"That's a little above the normal on the Fourth," Glaser said. "Normal temperature on that day is 88."

By the end of the week, highs could dip down even more and perhaps the Rogue Valley can escape the 90s all together. Temperatures could reach the 80s during daytime hours, the weather service predicted.

However, the recent heat could merge with a front of moisture coming in from the south next week to create a slight chance for thunderstorms, according to Glaser.

"We are saying there's about a 20 percent chance for thunderstorms right now," Glaser said.

Thunderstorms combined with recent 100-degree heat could spark wildfires across Southern Oregon.

Fire officials earlier this week said they will be monitoring the forests for signs of fires after the latest heatwave.

The thunderstorms could strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the weather service.

Lows during the next week are predicted to hang around the upper 60s.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.


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