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Medford just broke a record for warmest November

Medford just had its warmest November on record.

The National Weather Service said the average temperature for the month, calculated by averaging all daily high and low temperatures for the period, was 49.9 degrees. That barely sneaked past the previous November record of 49.8 degrees set in 1999.

"We just beat it," meteorologist Brad Schaaf said.

The average of just high temperatures, 58.8 degrees, did not set a record. That record was set in 1936, when the average high temperature was 60.5 degrees.

What pushed November 2016 over the top was the average low temperature, 41 degrees, which beat out the previous record of 40.8 degrees, also set in 1999.

"The month of November saw warmer than normal temperatures overall," Schaaf said. "It was the minimum temperatures that didn't get as cold as they normally do" that drove the record.

On Thursday, weather officials said the temperature had yet to fall to 32 degrees at the Medford airport, where temperature readings for the city are measured.

But that streak is forecast to end Friday. Weather officials have issued a freeze warning from 1 to 9 a.m. Low temperatures could dip as low as the mid-20s in Medford, Ashland and as far west as Curry County.

"This may be the first freeze of the fall for many valley locations in the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois valleys," the warning said.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Medford just broke a record for warmest November