Thursday, July 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Chamber of Commerce weather yesterday as mostly cloudy skies early gave way to abundant sunshine through the afternoon and into the evening. High temperatures were ratcheted down by roughly 10 degrees from Tuesday, though Lincoln City was only 5 degrees cooler. Light northwest winds of just 5-10 mph kept beach activities pleasant and sand out of the hotdogs. No precipitation was recorded. The marine cloud layer redeveloped about sunset and skies have been overcast since. Low temps were again rather high at around 60F. This morning, it was cloudy, calm and a little muggy.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 73F/60F
Depoe Bay: 64F/58F
Forecast: As we head into the long holiday weekend, we’re stabilized in a typical weather pattern for this time of year on the Central Coast. Expect morning clouds to give way to some sunshine, the mercury reaching 65F or so, and northwest winds 5-15 mph. Tonight for the annual July 3rd Waldport Fireworks Show, conditions should be close to ideal with clouds reflecting the colors and sounds, and enough wind to blow the aerial (and bonfire) smoke away. On the holiday tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny after morning clouds, high 65F and light northwest winds, followed by a nearly perfect setting for evening fireworks displays. Outlook is for little change in the overall situation though next week with night and morning low clouds, highs of 65F or better, lows of 50-55F, and varying strengths of northwest wind.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 65-75F. Valley destinations will be mostly sunny with highs of 75F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for mixed skies, mainly dry pavement and heavier than normal traffic on all highways. Look for congestion near evening fireworks displays, with the longest delays expected in Portland at the Columbia River I-5 Bridge before and after the Vancouver fireworks show Friday night.
Marine: Fairly flat this morning with NNW winds around 10 knots and long-period 4 foot seas. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. No major changes are expected from today through the holiday weekend. Northerly winds 5-15 knots with occasional gusts to 20 in the afternoons and evenings. The swell is projected to stay at 3-5 feet, with wind waves up to 3 feet during the windiest periods. Outlook is for a stronger Summer pattern to develop next week with N to NW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and combined choppy seas of 5 feet.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, light breeze, surf 4 feet (low).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
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In Short: Mixed sky, moderate winds, night and morning low clouds.