Saturday, July 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: On projections, yesterday turned out mostly sunny with some high and thin clouds causing fuzzy shadows from time to time and the sea breeze was a touch lighter than earlier this week, gusting just under 30 mph. Hazy skies somewhat diluted the sunset and patchy fog developed overnight. Temperatures were totally within seasonal norms. At daybreak, it was hard to tell that an unusually warm day was on the horizon; skies were mostly clear and a typical light northeast breeze was barely noticeable.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 69F/58F
Depoe Bay: 68F/55F
Forecast: Like the pop group with only one hit record, it looks like we’re going to have just one hot day in the Sun and then it’ll be back to reality. Expect sunshine today, highs of 75-80F or so and an afternoon sea breeze gusting 25 mph. Increasing clouds tonight, lows cooling to 55F. Then, unlike the Valley band, we’re not going to get a second hit tomorrow as Central Coast temps drop back to normal, around 65F, with areas of fog and low clouds. Outlook is for patchy fog and drizzle Monday, mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain showers Tuesday through Thursday along with seasonal temperatures.
Travel: A Heat Advisory remains in effect from noon today until 9:00pm Sunday for the inland areas of Northwest Oregon from the Coast Range to the Cascade foothills including the western and central Columbia River Gorge. High temperatures in the valleys and lowlands will reach the middle to upper 90s today and mid-90s Sunday; in the coastal mountains and foothills highs will be in the mid-80s to mid-90s. The hottest time of the day will be from 1:00pm-6:00pm both afternoons. The hot weather is expected to last only today and tomorrow. Onshore flow will begin to cool the Coast Range late Sunday and the remainder of Northwest Oregon Sunday night and Monday with temperatures falling back into the 80s on Monday.
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 northeast winds, temps around 100F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-60F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 13,000. Outlook for weekend travelers is bare pavement, hot and dry through tomorrow night.
Marine: Conditions are light nearshore this morning, but if you’re venturing offshore for tuna or salmon, be prepared for N winds 10-20 knots and seas 8 feet at 9 seconds out at the Rockpile and beyond. Inside 10 miles, northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 today with seas 6 feet at 9 seconds, but past 10 miles from shore, Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through late tonight. N winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with steep waves 8 feet at 9 seconds. The breeze eases after midnight tonight to NW 5-15 but seas remain to 5-8 feet. Winds turn westerly 5-15 knots tomorrow with swells subsiding to 5-6 feet. Outlook is for mainly NW winds 5-15 and swells 4-5 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, warm, breezy, surf 7 feet (moderate).
* Inland residents coming to the Central Coast to cool off should remember that the ocean is extremely cold and that swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/18 Sat 08:33 AM -0.60 L
07/18 Sat 03:13 PM 7.37 H
07/18 Sat 08:40 PM 2.63 L
07/19 Sun 02:29 AM 7.90 H
In Short: Mainly clear, warm, windy, then mixed sky and possible showers.