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  • Nearly century-old Medford temperature record could be challenged Tuesday

  • A 97-year record high temperature in Medford could finally meet its match Tuesday.
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  • A 97-year record high temperature in Medford could finally meet its match Tuesday.
    The National Weather Service says July 15 could see a high temperature anywhere from 106 to 108 degrees. This means the 1917 record high for that day — 107 — could be tied or beaten.
    "It'll be close," says meteorologist Chuck Glaser, adding the high will be anywhere between 15 and 17 degrees above the 91-degree norm for that day.
    A high pressure ridge building over the region is responsible for the temperature spike. Surrounding towns could also see records broken or tied because of it. Grants Pass is expected to tie its long-standing July 15 record of 108, as is Roseburg, potentially tying a 1941 record of 102. The Klamath Falls 96-degree record, in place since 1972, could be broken by one degree Tuesday.
    Temperatures are expected to cool slightly the rest of the week, though hardly noticeable. Wednesday's high is expected to reach 103 degrees, with anticipated highs of 97 and 94 for Thursday and Friday.
    A high of 93 degrees is expected for Saturday, Glaser says,
    "Which is fairly close to normal by then."
    Locally, it is expected to hit about 101 degrees today. Even with the triple-digit heat, meteorologists say Medford has still seen hotter days. The temperature hit 115 degrees on July 20, 1946. In August 1981, there were four days straight of 110-degree heat or greater, peaking at 114 on August 8.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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