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Triple-digit heat expected next week

Triple-digit temperatures are expected to wallop Southern Oregon early next week, just days after some decent rainfall provided parts of the region with a significant cooldown, the National Weather Service reported.

Temperatures of more than 100 degrees are forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, with high 90s expected the rest of the week.

“We just have a big high pressure building in from the desert southwest, and it’s going to stay over us,” said Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Sandler. “It’s a pretty quick rebound back to warm temperatures.”

A late summer cold front brought rain and cooler temperatures Wednesday and Thursday, resulting in a high temperature of 76 degrees in Medford and anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of an inch of rain. In southern Douglas County, conditions got really wet, with just over an inch of rain recorded near the area where the Milepost 97 fire torched more than 13,000 acres last month.

“This front was stronger than we thought it would be with all the rain that we got,” Sandler said. “It puts a very short-term dent in fire season in how dry everything is, but we’re going to warm right up, and it’s still late August.”

Fire danger across Jackson and Josephine counties remains at “extreme” levels despite the rain, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Medford has seen only one triple digit day so far in 2019, a high of precisely 100 degrees recorded June 11.

Higher than normal temperatures are expected to persist into early September, Sandler said.

“It looks like the heat’s going to stick around until the back-to-school time,” he said. “I don’t know if that means 100-degree days the following weekend, but the normal high is near 90, so it’s going to be well into the 90s.”

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.