Saturday, July 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: The fog and low clouds hung on a little while longer than usual yesterday, but eventually sunshine swept the coast clear. Thermometer readings topped out in the 60s and the sea breeze, as predicted, was considerably lighter than recent days; peak gusts were well under 30 mph. Skies remained relatively cloud-free for the evening fireworks shows, but low marine overcast and fog developed ‘round midnight and held on until dawn; low temps were in the 50s. This morning, the Sun was quickly making headway against the gray and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 69F/55F
Depoe Bay: 62F/53F
Regional Record Highs Yesterday…
Eugene: 100F, previous 99F in 1970
Salem: 99F, previous 98F in 1970
Forecast: On this Independence Day, it’ll feel as if the Central Coast has declared itself a separate nation, totally liberated from the rest of Northwest Oregon and its tenacious heat wave. After the clouds and fog dissipate, you can roll out the barbie this afternoon in sunshine, light winds and nice’n’cool highs of 60-65F. Conditions will be ideal for the Gleneden Beach 4th of July Parade, and the festivities in Yachats including the 20th Anniversary la de da Parade. Skies should remain relatively clear for tonight’s fireworks shows in Lincoln City, Yachats and Newport. Tomorrow, look for patchy fog early, partly sunny later and the mercury rising to 60-65F. Outlook is for partly to mostly clear, not much wind and seasonal temperatures through the workweek ahead.
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. The current heat wave is predicted to last until at least next Wednesday.
In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 85-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 95F. 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; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is dry roads and hot weather through tomorrow.
Marine: If you plan to spend the 4th fishing offshore, conditions are fairly light this morning with a N wind 5-10 knots and seas 5-6 feet at 8 seconds. Not much change is expected through the day as NW winds remain down around 5-10 knots, maybe gusting 15 or so this afternoon and evening, with swells 6 feet at 9 seconds. The breeze eases to NW 5 knots after midnight and swells round-out a bit to 6 feet at 9 seconds. Tomorrow, patchy fog and light winds, swells 6 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 5-10 knots Monday, then W to NW winds 5-10 knots Tuesday and Wednesday with the swell falling to 4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, light breeze, surf 5 feet (low).
* Inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave should remember that the ocean is extremely cold (55F); swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/04 Sat 08:41 AM -1.59 L
07/04 Sat 03:24 PM 7.65 H
07/04 Sat 08:46 PM 2.41 L
07/05 Sun 02:39 AM 8.71 H
In Short: Fog/clouds early, clearing, light wind, then partly cloudy and seasonal.