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Don't pack away those sweaters just yet

The Rogue Valley will see a cooling trend this weekend, with rain in the forecast and high temperatures dropping 15 to 20 degrees, meteorologists say.

Medford’s high temperature Friday is expected to be in the upper 70s to low 80s, then drop to the low 60s on Saturday. Ashland is expected to be 77 degrees Friday and dip down to the high 50s to low 60s Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is expected along the Oregon Coast Friday, but it won’t reach inland valley areas until Friday night, meteorologist Michelle Cohen said. There is a 60 percent chance of rain late Friday, she said, with anywhere from a quarter-inch to a third of an inch expected to fall across the valley by Saturday morning.

Overnight, the low temperature is forecast to drop into the low 40s. Farther east in parts of the Klamath Basin and Lakeview, overnight lows could get close to freezing, Cohen said.

Things should change as the weekend closes out.

“Probably Saturday night will be the tail end,” Cohen said. “It should start clearing up, and Sunday will be a little bit warmer.”

By Monday, warmer temperatures are expected to return, with a high of 80 forecast for Medford.

It’s not unusual to see sudden cool and damp weather fluctuations, Cohen said.

“We had a similar event the same time last year,” she said.

During that system, which ran June 8-10, highs across Jackson County were in the upper 50s and 60s, with lows in the 40s. Anywhere from a trace to one-fifth of an inch of rain fell during that period.

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