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From sizzling to merely toasty

Jackson County is expected to get a bit of break from the heat Wednesday after back-to-back 100-degree forecasts Monday and Tuesday, but after a scorching weekend that saw heat records go up in flames, you’ve got to take what you can get.

The National Weather Service is calling for high temperatures of 100 degrees Monday and Tuesday in Medford, but then Wednesday is expected to deliver a more seasonal dip into the mid 90s.

This follows a sizzler of a weekend that saw high temperature records tied or broken throughout the region. Medford tied a daily temperature record Saturday, with the mercury climbing to 108 degrees. The last time it was that hot on Aug. 15 was in 2008, according to Weather Service records.

“Triple digits were pretty universal for inland areas,” said meteorologist Brett Lutz.

Douglas County seemed to be under a particularly large magnifying glass, with the high temperature climbing to 109 degrees in Roseburg, which shattered the previous daily high temperature record for Aug. 15 by 11 degrees, the longstanding 98-degree mark set in 1933.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen a record broken by 11 degrees before,” Lutz said.

It also tied the city’s all-time high temperature, set July 20, 1946.

Cloud cover helped temper the heat Sunday, but Rogue Valley temperatures still climbed to about 100 degrees, Lutz said.

The best news of the weekend was the lightning that didn’t materialize. Weather officials had expected to see thunderstorms and lightning Saturday and Sunday. Firefighters throughout the region were poised for action, but the threat passed without any major fire starts reported in Southern Oregon.

“We, for the most part, dodged a bullet,” Lutz said.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.