Saturday, September 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Our one-day heatwave really put the hot in Yachats yesterday as that community topped the list of high temperature records with 93F! The mercury climbed to 90F and above along the Central Coast with local reporting stations setting new records for September 5th. Warm east winds maxed out around 25 mph and, obviously, no precipitation was recorded. By early evening, the east wind had shut down allowing marine air to begin creeping in and temps to plummet. It was about 50F by 11:00pm and overnight lows eventually dropped to the mid-40s. This morning there was dense fog, light drizzle, low clouds and a dainty southerly wind. By the way, we’re down to 13 hours of daylight today and now losing 3 minutes a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Previous Record High…
Lincoln City: 92F/50F/88F in 1956
Depoe Bay: 90F/47F/87F in 1975
Newport: 91F/46F/87F in 1975
Waldport: 92/46F/Tied with 92F in 1975
Yachats: 93F/49F/92F in 1975
Forecast: Projections have shown all along that the hot weather would end abruptly on the Central Coast sometime today. Turns out, it was sooner rather than later as the set-up collapsed entirely early this morning; thermometer readings will be about 20F cooler this afternoon with highs of 65-70F. The Red Flag Warning for our area was cancelled at 9:00am. Tonight, areas of fog are expected, overcast skies, lows about 50F and light southwest winds. Mostly cloudy with patchy fog tomorrow and even a bit cooler with highs of 60-65F. Outlook is for patchy fog and areas of drizzle Monday, then a slow return to more seasonal weather as the week progresses. Look for increasing clearing, highs of 65-70F, lows of 50-55F and blustery northwest winds later in the workweek.
Travel: Flaggers will be directing traffic entering Highway 20 from Brush Trail Road about 3 miles east of Eddyville this weekend. Watch for trucks at this intersection. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for all of Northwest Oregon except the coast. In the Coast Range today, sunny, patchy smoke and 85-90F. Valley destinations will also have sunny skies with highs of 90-95F. For the Cascades, sunny, windy; the freezing level is at 14,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers away from the Central Coast is continued hot and dry.
Marine: Winds are out of the S this morning 5-10 knots, seas are 4 feet at 8 seconds and there are areas of thick fog reducing visibility to 100 yards. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A light southerly breeze of 5-10 knots is forecast for local waters today along with 4 foot swells and areas of fog. Tonight and tomorrow, S winds 5 knots, 3-4 swells and areas of fog. Outlook is for areas of drizzle and fog on Monday, with northerlies 5-15 knots and swells 4-5 feet through Wednesday.
On the Beach… Foggy, low clouds, possible sunbreaks, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* A reminder for people from the warm Valley coming to the cool Coast to escape the heat; the ocean and area rivers remain very cold and swimming in them can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
09/06 Sat 11:05 AM 7.38 H
09/06 Sat 04:34 PM 2.15 L
09/06 Sat 10:41 PM 9.03 H
09/07 Sun 05:19 AM -0.67 L
In Short: Fog, mainly cloudy, drizzle, then slow clearing.