Hot weather is headed this way, and temperatures will go up fast.




the end of the week, forecasters expect high temperatures will soar to near record levels, topping 90 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday.




"This is a lot of heat this early," said Megan Woodhead, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Medford. "It's the hottest we've seen this year."




The weather service issued a special weather statement Monday warning of "unseasonably hot temperatures" across Southern Oregon.




Temperatures will warm through the week as a high pressure system off the California coast strengthens and moves toward Oregon. In Medford today's top temperature is expected to be in the upper 70s, and Wednesday's forecast calls for a high of 84.




On Thursday, the forecast high of 93 would be just shy of the 95-degree record set May 15, 2006.




Forecasters expect Friday to be the hottest day this week, with a predicted top temperature of 97, which would break a record of 93 degrees, set May 16, 1973.




Saturday's forecast predicts a high of 95, a little cooler than the record 97 for May 17, set in 2006. Sunday temperatures should cool into the 80s, as the weather system bringing the heat begins to break up.




With the rapid rise in temperatures, people should use common sense, staying in the shade and drinking plenty of water, Woodhead said.




"We haven't had precursor heat to get used to it," she said.