The NWS Medford is forecasting a heatwave this weekend with temperatures approaching 100F in Klamath Falls by Saturday.

The NWS Medford says that while we typically expect hot temperatures during mid-August, temperatures will go well beyond what is typical. Therefore, there is a high risk for heat impacts for much of the local population.  Additionally, the duration of the heat is significant and could last beyond Sunday.

Forecasters also say that monsoonal moisture and instability could mix with the heat by Sunday or Monday and produce thunderstorms. A heat advisory begins Saturday at 8am.


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…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM SATURDAY TO 11 PM PDT
SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Daytime highs of up to 104 degrees expected.

* WHERE…Portions of south central and eastern Siskiyou County
and northwest Modoc County, including McCloud, Mount Shasta
City, Tennant, and Macdoel, and portions of the Oregon Cascades,
Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades and Klamath
Basin, including Klamath Falls, Bonanza, Keno, Modoc Point, and
Union Creek.

* WHEN…From 8 AM Saturday to 11 PM PDT Sunday. The hottest
temperatures are expected Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Very hot temperatures will significantly increase
the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for
those working or participating in outdoor activities.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The combination of warm overnight
temperatures, very hot temperatures with strong solar radiation,
and dry conditions will make it difficult to stay hydrated and
cool. Drink plenty of fluids, take breaks in the shade, don’t
forget who or what’s in your back seat, wear sunscreen, and take
precautions if venturing into cold water or rushing waters by
wearing a life jacket.

* View the hazard area in detail at
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out
of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young
children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when
possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent
rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone
overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.