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  • July's sustained heat wave seen 100 degrees at a time

  • Medford seems to have a thing for triple-digit temperatures this July.
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  • Medford seems to have a thing for triple-digit temperatures this July.
    The National Weather Service says the city has reached or exceeded the 100-degree mark seven of the last 11 days.
    That's close to twice the average number of days that typically reach that temperature for the whole month, according to data the agency has collected since 1916.
    Meteorologists recorded temperatures of 100 or higher on July 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16 and 17, according to the Weather Service's Facebook page.
    We're still not quite into true record-breaking territory, however.
    In 1973 and 1990, 13 days at or above 100 degrees were recorded in July.
    The current heat wave is expected to taper off after Saturday, with temperatures expected to drop to the low 90s and high 80s Monday through Wednesday or Thursday.
    "They're still going to be near 90 degrees. Compared to what we've had recently, it's going to feel cooler," said meteorologist Mike Petrucelli.
    The drying effect of the recent high temperatures led the Oregon Department of Forestry to raise the fire danger level to extreme, effective at 12:01 a.m. today.
    This affects the use of power equipment such as chain saws and mowers on the 1.8 million acres of state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands in southwest Oregon.
    Starting today, chain-saw use will be prohibited between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Use is allowed at all other times if users have an ax, shovel and fire extinguisher that is eight ounces or larger.
    Cutting and grinding metal, welding, the mowing of dry or dead grass with power-driven equipment and the operation of any spark-emitting machinery also will be prohibited between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    Public restrictions on debris burning, campfires, power tools and smoking on ODF lands that were instituted June 16 remain in effect.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.
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