August 19, 2016 5:15 a.m.
Friday could be the hottest day in the history of Roseburg as what forecasters are calling dangerously hot weather continues through Saturday.
An Urgent Weather Message from the National Weather Service in Medford says that strong high pressure is remaining in place over southern Oregon and northern California. High temperatures are expected to be 15 to 20 degrees above normal with some locations reaching 110 degrees.
Many record high temperatures are expected to fall. Roseburg’s forecast high is 110, which would break the record high for the date of 105 set in 2009. More importantly it would also be the highest temperature ever recorded at the Roseburg Regional Airport. The mercury hit 109 on July 20th of 1946 to set the bar. The secondary reporting station at News Radio 1240 KQEN did reach 111 degrees on July 29th of 2009. Medford is also forecast to reach 110 Friday. That would break the record for the date of 107 set in 1967. Medford’s all time high is 115 also set on July 20th of 1946.
A statement from the Weather Service says that weather this hot is dangerous for everyone. Even healthy adults will be at risk for heat related illnesses when working or exercising outside. The very young, the elderly and the infirm are at high risk of heat related illness in this type of heat.
Forecasters are again urging a series of reminders to go with the conditions:
*Never leave people or pets inside of vehicles.
*Rivers are dangerously cold and have strong currents. Wear a life jacket if you are swimming.
*Monitor older adults, young children and those who are sick.
*Take plenty of rest breaks in shade or air conditioning.
*Drink water before, during and after outdoor activities.
Stay with News Radio 1240 KQEN and check www.541radio.com for the latest information as the hot conditions persist.