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Sunny May gives way to rain

Mother’s Day capped a two-week spell of glorious spring weather in the Rogue Valley, but storm clouds are lurking on the horizon.

“We have one more good day,” said Connie Clarstrom, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford.

Monday will be the last day we will be hitting temperatures in the 80s because a weather front should move in on Tuesday, possibly bringing light showers.

“It doesn’t look like we’ll see any thunderstorm activity on Tuesday,” Clarstrom said.

Thunderstorms typically mean lightning strikes and wildfires. Last year, lightning strikes on July 15 ushered in one of the worst fire seasons in Southern Oregon.

The storm tempo should pick up Wednesday, with the Weather Service expecting moderate to light showers in the Rogue Valley.

“It should be cool and rainy on Wednesday,” Clarstrom said.

A high-pressure system that has dominated the West Coast will move to the east.

Temperatures over the next week should hover in the 60s, a drop from 12 days of 80-plus weather in the first two weeks of May.

The long run of high temperatures for May was unusual. Temperatures typically hit the low 70s. On Saturday, the high reached 89, higher than the average 72.

“We’re going to shift from above normal to normal or slightly below normal,” Clarstrom said.

Cooler weather isn’t likely to bring frost, however. Temperatures at night should dip into the 40s.

The unsettled weather should continue through the weekend into next week.

Despite the dry stretch in May, rainfall totals are ahead of normal.

For the water year, which began Oct. 1, 2018, we’ve had 17.14 inches, 1.48 inches above normal.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @reporterdm.

Flowers bloom during the 2016 Art In Bloom event in downtown Medford. [Mail Tribune / File Photo]