Friday, July 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: While the mercury couldn’t quite reach 70F locally, it was sweltering in the Valley where Eugene set a new record high of 101F, besting 98F in 1942. The cool coast began the day under low clouds and fog which lasted until nearly noon, longer on the beaches and headlands. As the Sun broke out at lunchtime, the sea breeze, apparently eager to take the stage, appeared simultaneously. Peak gusts were ‘normal’ during the afternoon at about 30 mph. High temps ranged through the 60s. Haze bothered the beaches most of the day and into the evening, but the low marine overcast didn’t return until about 2:00am; low temps were in the 50s. At dawn, it was calm with cloudy skies.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 69F/54F/29mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/53F/24mph
Forecast: The long holiday weekend begins for a lot of folks today. With a mixed sky and cool temperatures predicted for the Central Coast, we can expect a plethora of visitors crossing the Coast Range to escape the heat wave inland. They’ll have to hang on to their hats, though, as the sea breeze ramps up to 30 mph or higher this afternoon, and high temps end up around 60-65F. For the first Independence Day fireworks shows tonight at Devils Lake and Waldport, there’s a chance of some patchy fog, overcast forming (which should provide some reflective background color for the pyrotechnics), and it could also still be quite windy. For barbecue day tomorrow, partly sunny after morning fog and low clouds with highs in the low-60s and a light sea breeze. Outlook is for mostly sunny with light winds on Sunday, followed by a mix of clouds and clearing through Thursday; seasonal temperatures are projected throughout the period.
Travel: A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 6:00pm Sunday for the Coast Range, Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Cascade foothills. High temperatures generally in the 90s are expected and lows near 60F, though urban areas may not fall below 70F at night.
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. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is dry road and hot weather through Sunday.
Marine: Seas are choppy this morning, 6-7 feet at 8 seconds offshore with N winds 10-20 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is also in effect 10-60 miles from shore. Northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and tonight with swells 6 feet and windwaves 3 feet nearshore but 5-6 feet out past 10 miles. Tomorrow, N winds 5-15 knots, swells holding at 6 feet. Outlook is for light NW wind 5 knots on Sunday, and then SW winds 5-10 knots Monday and Tuesday with swells 4-6 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, some sun, very breezy, surf 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.
07/03 Fri 07:59 AM -1.69 L
07/03 Fri 02:42 PM 7.41 H
07/03 Fri 07:53 PM 2.58 L
07/04 Sat 01:50 AM 9.11 H
In Short: Partial clearing, quite windy, then partly cloudy and lighter breezes.