Ashland baked under record-breaking heat on Wednesday, as temperatures reached 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasts call for more hot weather through the end of this week, although a storm moving east from the Pacific Ocean should bring some relief starting today.
"In terms of the extreme heat, yesterday we kind of peaked, but we'll still stay above normal in terms of temperature for the next few days," said Mike Petrucelli, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Medford Office.
Wednesday was the hottest day of the summer so far, beating Tuesday's high temperature by one degree, he said.
The heat, caused by a high pressure ridge hovering over the Valley, broke the day's previous record high of 104 degrees, set in 1998, Petrucelli said.
Temperatures should peak at around 98 degrees today, 95 on Friday and 94 on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
"It'll be hot again today, but I think temperatures will be a little cooler, relatively speaking," Petrucelli said.
The average high temperature in Ashland in July is 88 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
After learning about the three animal neglect cases Ashland police investigated this week, which involved dogs locked in hot cars, Petrucelli cautioned people that vehicles can be much hotter than the air outside.
"Cars can easily get up to 110 or 120 degrees, if not hotter, even if the windows are cracked," he said. "Heat builds up even more with the glass windows in the car, and if it's a darker colored vehicle."
Due to the extreme heat this week, the National Weather Service is urging people to stay hydrated and avoid exercising outside in the afternoon and early evening.
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