Summary: Newport Airport, which is usually the coolest of our regular reporting stations, had the local high temperature yesterday at 68F. It was a mixed sky day as a minor weather disturbance affected the Central Coast. The wind actually blew out of the southwest though never attaining a speed above 20 mph. What holes there were in the overcast filled in quickly during the evening and it was cloudy all night; lows were in the low-50s. At dawn, some light drizzle was falling in spots with an accompanying light southwest breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 66F/55F
Depoe Bay: 60F/51F
Regional Record Highs Yesterday…
Eugene: 97F, previous was 95F in 2000
Hillsboro: 96F, previous was 91F in 1951
Astoria: 85F, previous was 82F in 1908
Watches and Warnings: The Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning remains in effect until 11:00am this morning. The combination of lightning and unseasonable and critically dry fuels may challenge initial attack capabilities for any new fire starts. Some increase in relative humidity is expected today, but more very warm, dry and unstable weather is likely next week especially away from the immediate coast. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of the above conditions will create explosive fire growth potential.
Forecast: There’s still a chance of some showers or thunderstorms today but we should also see some sunbreaks as the day goes on. Highs around 65F and light southwest winds are expected. A slight chance of showers lingers tonight, lows dip to 50-55F. Tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny skies return along with a moderate northwest wind and mercury readings about 65F. Outlook is for sunny days, clear nights, blustery sea breezes and seasonal temps Tuesday through the 4th of July; highs 65-70F, lows of 55F.
Travel: A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 11:00am for all of Northwest Oregon.
In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, a chance of showers/thunderstorms with 75-85F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny, a chance of showers/thunderstorms and highs of 85-90F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, a chance of showers/thunderstorms, light west wind, temps around 90F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 65-70F; partly sunny, a chance of showers/thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is possible wet roads during showers through tonight.
Marine: The breeze is out of the SE 5-10 knots this morning and seas are down to 4 feet at 8 seconds. Expect southerlies today 10-15 knots early, easing to 5-10 knots this afternoon; swells 3 feet at 9 seconds. A change is predicted tonight as the S wind veers to the NW 5-10 knots gusting 15 but swells hold around 3 feet. Light westerlies tomorrow, 5 knots or so, and swells 3 feet. Outlook is for the return of a typical Summer pattern Tuesday through Thursday with N winds 10-20 knots gusting 25 and mixed swells/chop 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds, sun, possible showers/thunderstorms, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
06/28 Sun 11:05 AM 5.67 H
06/28 Sun 03:54 PM 2.98 L
06/28 Sun 10:13 PM 8.39 H
06/29 Mon 05:18 AM -0.22 L
In Short: Mixed sky, chance of showers/thunderstorms, then clearing and warmer.