Thursday, July 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: In our area, Summer means we’re going to trade wind for sunshine. The two go hand-in-hand, and yesterday was no exception. The sea breeze was already up to speed by 10:00am and blew until just before sunset. Peak gusts were a bit lower than Tuesday with Waldport recording the highest at 31 mph. A blend of clouds, fog and sunshine dominated the daylight hours; the clearest skies were east of Highway 101. Lincoln City again flirted with 70F while the rest of our communities topped out around 60F. Marine clouds covered the night sky and persisted into daybreak along with some fog and light northwest winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/53F/27mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/53F/26mph
Regional Record Highs…
Eugene: 99F, previous was 97F in 1967
Troutdale: 97F, ties previous 97F in 1967
Forecast: This morning’s fog and low clouds should gradually dissipate today revealing the Sun and thermometer readings around 65F. The sea breeze will be about like yesterday with gusts of 25 mph or so. Expect increasing low clouds/fog again tonight and lows of 50-55F. Tomorrow, cloudy/foggy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon, highs of 60-65F and northwest winds 20 mph. Outlook is for mixed skies and cooler temperatures next week.
4th of July Weekend… Partly to mostly sunny, light breeze, high 60-65F, low 50-55F.
Travel: A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 9:00pm Friday for the Coast Range, Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Cascade foothills. Temperatures of 85-95F or higher are expected.
In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 85-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 95-100F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 95F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 60F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet.
Marine: It’s still kinda lumpy offshore this morning with N winds 10-15 knots and seas 6-7 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 11:00am through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is also in effect out past 10 miles from shore. N winds today, tonight and tomorrow 10-20 knots gusting 25-30 with windwaves 5-7 feet at 8 seconds. Outlook is for easing breezes, variable 5-10 knots, Saturday through Monday, but NW swells rising to 6-8 feet over the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Cloudy/foggy early, sunny later, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* Inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the current heat wave should remember that the ocean is extremely cold; swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/02 Thu 07:18 AM -1.56 L
07/02 Thu 02:00 PM 7.13 H
07/02 Thu 07:04 PM 2.74 L
07/03 Fri 01:03 AM 9.28 H
In Short: Clearing and windy, then partly cloudy and lighter breezes.