Monday, July 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: At the risk of tormenting our neighbors from the Valley, the Central Coast was a bit cooler yesterday than on the 4th. The mercury only made it into the low-60s with Waldport recording the highest temperature at 65F. A mixed sky and southwest winds 10-20 mph made it feel even chillier. Low marine clouds and fog pushed back in before sunset and held sway through the night; low temps dipped slightly to the mid-50s. The fog had lifted by daybreak, the overcast was thinning and winds were light out of the southeast. By the way, the days are growing shorter, down to 15 hours and 26 minutes of light today. We’re now losing a full minute each day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 64F/56F
Depoe Bay: 62F/53F
Regional Record Highs Yesterday…
Portland: 96F, previous 94F in 1960
Vancouver: 95F, previous 93F in 1960/1958
Troutdale: 97F, previous 95F in 1960
Forecast: We’ll still be 30-35F lower than inland today as the cool air over the Pacific Ocean continues to temper our temperatures. One of the trade-offs, of course, is that the marine influence also produces night and morning low clouds and fog, which will be the case for most of this week. Look for clearing skies later today, high temps of 60-65F and light southwest winds. Cloudy tonight with patchy fog and a low around 50F. Partly sunny tomorrow after the morning soup lifts, thermometer readings in the low-60s and a light wind from the west. Outlook is for the same sea-tempered mixed-sky pattern through Sunday with the exception of a return to afternoon sea breezes, albeit not as strong as the last round.
Travel: A Heat Advisory remains in effect until midnight Wednesday for the Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Cascade foothills. High temperatures generally in the 90s are expected.
In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 80-90F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 90-95F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 95F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 60-70F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 14,000 feet.
Marine: Winds remain S this morning, varying from 5 knots nearshore to 10-15 knots offshore at the Rockpile; seas are 5 feet at 9 seconds. Not much change is expected today, tonight and tomorrow with southerlies 5-10 knots and swells 4-5 feet at 8-9 seconds. Outlook is for a change to seasonal NW winds Wednesday through Friday, but staying fairly light at 5-15 knots and swells holding around 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, partly sunny, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* Inland residents visiting 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.
07/06 Mon 10:09 AM -0.74 L
07/06 Mon 04:54 PM 8.08 H
07/06 Mon 10:46 PM 2.01 L
07/07 Tue 04:33 AM 7.36 H
In Short: Fog/clouds early, clearing, light wind, then partly cloudy and seasonal.