Friday, June 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: The majority of yesterday was clear and sunny, highs reached into the mid-60s and the sea breeze returned in earnest blowing 20-30 mph from noon to sunset. In the late afternoon, though, things started changing beginning with some fog developing along the beaches and headlands. Low clouds eased in from offshore and blanketed most of the area by dark. Overcast and foggy conditions then held sway overnight, which kept the day’s heat in so the thermometer dipped only a little into the mid-50s. At daybreak, it was still mostly cloudy but showing signs of breaking up and the breeze was light out of the north.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/56F/32mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/55F/22mph
Watches and Warnings: A Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast and all of Lincoln County for the potential of abundant lightning Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. The combination of abundant lightning and unseasonably critical dry fuels may challenge initial attack capabilities for any new fire starts. Some increase in relative humidity is expected Sunday, but more very warm, dry and unstable weather is likely next week, especially away from the immediate coastline.
A Heat Advisory is in effect for all of Lincoln County east of the western edge of the Coast Range from noon today through to 5:00am Sunday. Daytime high temperatures: 85-95F, and nighttime low temperatures generally from 60-70F. This is abnormally early for a heat wave of this magnitude. Be sure to avoid exertion during the heat of the day and to stay hydrated with clear liquids. Automobiles when left in direct sunlight can heat up rapidly to temperatures harmful or even deadly to pets and children. Use caution near the very cold area rivers and the ocean, and be sure to wear a life jacket.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the far eastern section of Lincoln County. Hot, dry, unstable conditions, unseasonably dry fuels and the potential for abundant lightning will create explosive fire conditions on the eastern side of the Coast Range from 11:00am this morning though 11:00am Sunday.
Forecast: With the 4th of July holiday still a week away, you’d think we were already in mid-Summer. Dry and warm conditions are expected for the next several days with even our immediate coastline now under a Fire Weather Watch. Point is, be extremely careful with all ignition sources including fireworks, backyard fire pits or other burning. The low clouds should be clearing today with sunny skies, except for some patchy fog along the beach, high temps heading toward 70F and strong sea breezes gusting 30 mph or more. Partly cloudy tonight, fading winds and a low about 55F. Mostly sunny tomorrow, high 65-70F, and lighter northwest winds. Outlook is for a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow night and Sunday, then dry, mainly clear and warmish (65-70F) through the workweek.
Travel: A Heat Advisory (Coast Range) or Excessive Heat Warning (Valley) and a Red Flag Warning are in effect through Sunday for Northwest Oregon except the immediate coastline. And, we should anticipate heavy traffic on all coastal roads and highways over the weekend as Valley residents escape the extreme heat.
In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 85-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 95F or higher. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east wind, temps around 100F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 65-70F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry roads and extremely hot weather through Saturday, cooling Sunday, and a chance of thunderstorms.
Marine: The N wind is blowing with gusto this morning, around 15 knots nearshore and 20-30 knots offshore at Stonewall Bank; windwaves are steep and rough, 7 feet at 6 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow morning for northerlies 15-25 knots gusting 30 with very steep windwaves 6-7 feet. Outlook is for the breeze to ease by tomorrow night, down to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and the chop dropping to 3-4 feet. Light SW winds on Sunday, 5-10 knots with swells 5 feet. Northerlies return Monday and Tuesday at 15-25 knots and windwaves grow again to 5-6 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Fog/clouds, becoming sunny, very breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* Inland residents coming to the Central Coast to cool off this weekend should avoid swimming in the ocean which is extremely cold and can quickly cause hypothermia and drowning.
06/26 Fri 09:00 AM 5.10 H
06/26 Fri 02:09 PM 2.54 L
06/26 Fri 08:50 PM 7.71 H
06/27 Sat 03:52 AM 1.03 L
In Short: Clearing, quite windy, then partly cloudy and possible thunderstorms.