Breanna Sulffridge, 11, right, helps her sister, Katana Sulffridge, 7, learn to swim in the Umpqua River near River Forks Park on Tuesday. Even past 6 p.m., the thermometer still hovered around 101 degrees.

Move over 99 degrees. There’s a new record high temperature for Aug. 27.

The official high temperature for Roseburg registered at 103 degrees Tuesday, eclipsing the old record of 99 set on Aug. 27, 2017.

Tuesday’s high was the first time this summer that Roseburg hit the century mark, although the temperature did get to 101 on June 12, nine days before summer started.

Weather service officials in Medford predicted a high of 96 degrees for Wednesday and a possibility of thunderstorms in Southern Oregon in the evening. Douglas County residents shouldn’t expect much relief until Thursday, when temperatures are expected to cool to the mid to upper 80s.

National Weather Service meteorologists said the high temperatures will start dropping but will remain above average into next week.

The hot weather will increase fire danger and bring a slight chance of rain with thunderstorms. But meteorologists said the lightning and thunder probably won’t make it as far north as Roseburg. However it could hit the Cascades and northern California.

Local fire agencies are preparing for possible lightning strikes and are organizing crews to respond to lightning-caused fires, should they occur in Douglas County.

The Faith Lutheran Church at 820 W. Kenwood St., opened its cooling center Tuesday afternoon and will be open again from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday for anyone who needs a place to cool down in the hot weather.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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When the weather has been studied for more than 1,000 years, then you might see a pattern....until then, it does what it does - changes all of the time. The earth was much hotter long ago....so hot, that no one lived here.


Yet another "hottest yet"; globally, July was the hottest month ever in history, and August may surpass it. We keep having the hottest year, ever--repeatedly. On the plus side, this year, while it is almost certain to be the hottest one yet, will also be one of the very coolest of the *next* fifty years. So, there's that.

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