Anticipated triple-digit temperatures for today and Tuesday have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for Jackson County.
The advisory is in effect from noon today until 11 p.m. Tuesday. High temperatures are expected to soar somewhere between 102 and 105 degrees in Medford both days, and overnight lows are not expected to drop below 65 degrees.
"Around 103 is our trigger," said National Weather Service meteorologist John Lovegrove, adding it's expected to hit 102 or so in Medford today, but that surrounding areas could exceed that.
For Ashland, high temperatures are expected to hit 96 and 98 today and Tuesday.
There is also a slight chance of thunderstorms predicted for Tuesday, mainly for the eastern hillsides and Northern California.
A heat advisory is issued whenever an extended period of hot temperatures is expected. Heat-related illnesses are possible. Area residents are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and stay in cool areas out of the sun if possible.
Medford temperatures aren't expected to budge much the rest of the week, either. The Weather Service website shows predicted high temperatures of 99, 100 and 99 again Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, respectively.
— Ryan Pfeil