Tuesday, July 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: We can place yesterday in the classic coastal Summer day category. It was Goldilocks all the way – not too hot and not too cold. As expected, it was sunny, high temperatures were in the 60s, except for Lincoln City which just made it to 70F. Northwest winds blew through the afternoon into early evening at 15-20 mph gusting just under 30. Calm winds and areas of light fog dominated the overnight period, though skies remained clear above. Temps dropped to the low-50s. This morning, clear skies, some haze along the beach line and a light northeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 70F/58F
Depoe Bay: 68F/53F
Forecast: While much of Northwest Oregon, and even some coastal areas, are going to be sizzling hot today, the Central Coast may escape the worst of the heat. It’s a bit of a tricky situation, but how hot it gets here will depend on the amount of onshore wind flow. Because there’s already a slight northerly component in the wind this morning, marine air may filter in before the sun has a chance to grill us. So, we’re going to go with a high temperature forecast of 75F for the Central Coast today, possibly 80F, but not any higher. If projections are right, a light northwest wind will develop this afternoon bringing in cooler air, and by tomorrow we’ll probably be down to highs in the mid-60s again. Also, we could see patchy fog and some low clouds tomorrow. Outlook is for a mix of sun and clouds with seasonal temperatures from Thursday through the holiday period; highs in the low-60s, lows in the low-50s. There’s a slight chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR VISITORS: If you come to the coast to cool off, realize that many fatalities have occurred over the years on Central Coast rivers and in the ocean during episodes of hot weather inland. While river and sea temperatures have warmed a little since Spring, they’re still quite cold and you should use extreme caution if you’re planning on water-related recreation at the coast.
4th of July Weekend… Clouds and sun, dry, highs of 60-65F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, a Heat Advisory is posted for temps rising to 85-95F. Valley destinations will have sunshine with a Heat Advisory for highs of 95F or better. For the Cascades, sunny and warm; the freezing level is at 16,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 4”, a loss of 4” since yesterday.
Marine: Winds are out of the N about 10 knots this morning and seas are running 6 feet at 9 seconds. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Today, N winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 with combined seas 5 feet. The breeze backs to NW this evening and increases to 15-20 knots with possible higher gusts, a 3 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves. Expect nor’westers again tomorrow, 5-10 knots gusting to 15, with choppy 4 foot seas. Outlook is for light to moderate NW winds 5-15 knots and seas 4 feet through the coming holiday weekend.
On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, warm, surf 3-4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
07/01 Tue 09:33 AM -0.13 L
07/01 Tue 04:22 PM 7.02 H
07/01 Tue 09:52 PM 2.95 L
07/02 Wed 03:29 AM 6.94 H
In Short: Clear, light wind, warm, then mixed sky and cooler.