Friday, September 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: Except for high temperatures a smidge above normal, yesterday was fairly typical for early September. It was mostly clear, northwest winds blew 15-20 mph with a few stronger gusts, and no precipitation was recorded. Depoe Bay was the warmest reporting station at 75F. Skies remained clear throughout the evening and overnight. In fact, conditions looked average, with lows of about 50F and calm winds, until around 3:00am this morning when the predicted east winds arrived. The temperature immediately shot up and by 4:00am, Newport had the highest reading in the state at 68F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 72F/51F
Depoe Bay: 75F/49F
Heat Wave: A Red Flag Warning for all of Lincoln County remains in effect through 11:00pm tomorrow night. Be extremely careful with campfires, burn piles, fireworks, smoking materials and all other sources of fire ignition. A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service. One more period of hot weather is expected over Northwest Oregon on Friday and Saturday. After warming into the 80s Thursday across much of the area, we’ll see temperatures reach the lower to mid-90s across inland areas today and tomorrow. The coast will see 80s today with some spots close to 90F. The Central Coast will again probably reach into the mid-70s to 80F on Saturday, but the final values will depend on how quickly a projected sea breeze arrives and some marine air spreads in from the ocean later in the day. The coast will be much cooler on Sunday, but the cooling inland will be slower and temperatures will likely still be quite warm. With the return of hot weather, people will turn to area rivers, streams and the ocean for recreation and relief from the heat. Unfortunately, fatalities in our area during hot spells usually occur in the water; so use extreme caution while cooling off. Also, be sure to stay hydrated with clear liquids and avoid exertion during the peak heating of the day.
Forecast: For the Central Coast specifically, sunny today with highs of 85-90F and gusty east winds of 10-20 mph. Look for clear skies tonight, east winds gusting to 25 mph or better and the mercury slumping to about 60F. Tomorrow is where it gets tricky. Sunshine is expected with high temps of 75-80F, but at some point late in the day a northwest sea breeze is predicted to kick in and it’ll begin cooling off rapidly. Outlook is for areas of fog and mostly cloudy on Sunday with highs back to 65F or so. Sunday night and Monday, there’s a chance of drizzle along with areas of fog followed by a slight chance of showers on Tuesday. Then, back to typical Summer weather with mostly sunny days, mostly cloudy nights, patchy fog, northwest winds, highs of 65F and lows of 55F.
Travel: Red Flag Warning in effect for all of Northwest Oregon. In the Coast Range today, sunny, windy and 90-95F. Valley destinations will also have sunny skies with east winds and highs of 90-95F. For the Cascades, sunny, windy; the freezing level is at 13,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is hot, dry and windy.
Marine: Winds are now coming out of the NNE 10-15 knots and seas are rough, 7 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. NE winds are expected today, 15 knots gusting 20, and choppy combined seas 5-7 feet. Tonight, a NE breeze of 10-15 knots with gusts to 20, NW swells of 5 feet and 4 foot windwaves. The winds back to N and drop off tomorrow to 5-10 knots, and seas subside to 4 feet. Outlook is for areas of fog Saturday night and Sunday with mainly northerly winds through Tuesday, 10-15 knots, and seas running 4-5 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, warm, surf 4-6 feet (moderate).
* The Water Contact Advisory remains in effect for Devils Lake in Lincoln City until further notice.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/05 Fri 10:19 AM 6.76 H
09/05 Fri 03:33 PM 2.83 L
09/05 Fri 09:40 PM 8.68 H
09/06 Sat 04:31 AM -0.42 L
In Short: Mainly clear, hot, windy, then quick cooling.