By Anita Burke
For the Tidings
The summer's first triple-digit days are headed this way.
The National Weather Service forecast for Medford predicts high temperatures will climb to at least 100 on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Most years we do get to 100 before the end of June," said Ryan Sandler, warning coordination meteorologist at the weather service's Medford office.
Mid to late July tends to bring the hottest temperatures of the year to the Rogue Valley, Sandler said. But things typically have warmed up by now.
Normal highs for this time of year are around 90 degrees. Monday's top temperature was 87, the weather service reported. Today's high should hit the low to mid-90s before the midweek heat arrives. High temperatures will linger in the mid-90s on Friday, but the holiday weekend is expected to cool slightly to normal levels, the forecast said.
"It's going to be typical Fourth of July weather," Sandler said, noting that temperatures should suit heat-seekers who want to hit the pool or fans of cooler weather who seek refuge in the mountain, or on the coast.
The Southern Oregon coast will see patchy fog and sun, with temperatures in the 60s. Crater Lake will see highs near 70, and Lake of the Woods and Fish Lake will be even warmer, probably in the 80s.
Sandler said the high temperatures and low humidity of the coming week will increase fire danger, a concern as holiday fireworks use picks up.
"Fire season has already started, but we still are drying out quite a bit with this weather," he said.
However, he noted that low humidity and relatively cool nights typical of Southern Oregon summers stave off the need to issue heat advisories warning of possible health risks from prolonged high temperatures.
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