Sunday, July 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: One hot day and we’re back to the beach. The warmest temperature recorded locally yesterday was 82F at the Newport airport, considerably shy of the record 89F in 1988. Over in the Valley, Eugene’s 100F tied its record of 100F set in 1956. From Newport south, Central Coast highs didn’t top 70F. Sunshine was abundant but the cooling afternoon sea breeze quickly pushed thermometers down (the highest temps here were recorded before noon). By sunset, the mercury had fallen by 15-20F. The wind switched to the south during the night and skies became overcast. At dawn, it was cool, cloudy and foggy with southerly winds around 10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 81F/57F/33mph
Depoe Bay: 74F/54F/21mph
Forecast: So, that was it yesterday for our Summer hot spell. Today, we’re under the influence of a cool and moist onshore marine flow so we can expect fog early, then mostly cloudy skies, sunbreaks, southwest winds and a high temperature of only 60-65F. Patchy fog redevelops tonight with a low of 50-55F. Look for some drizzle and fog tomorrow morning, mostly cloudy skies and highs around 60F. Outlook is for the overcast to hang around for several days with a chance of showers and average temps between 50F and 65F Tuesday through Saturday.
Travel: A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 9:00pm this evening 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 lower to middle 90s today; in the coastal mountains and foothills highs will be in the mid-80s to low-90s. In addition, humidity will be about 10% higher today than on Saturday. The hot weather is expected to last only through today. Cooler marine air has filled in along the coast this morning and is expected to spread inland tomorrow lowering temperatures into the 80s.
In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny with 80-85F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 90-95F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 95F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 50-60F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is 15,000. Outlook for weekend travelers is bare pavement, hot and dry through tonight.
Marine: Conditions are considerably different this morning; winds have backed to the S 10-15 knots and seas are 7-8 feet at 9 seconds. Today, the breeze veers to SW 10-15 knots and swells subside to 5-6 feet by this afternoon. A light W wind of 5 knots or so is predicted for tonight and tomorrow with swells around 5 feet, fog and patchy drizzle. Outlook is for NW winds 5-15 knots and swells 4-5 feet Tuesday through Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The dredge Yaquina is scheduled to be working in Yaquina Bay and River through Tuesday, July 28th; the crew monitors VHF Channels 13 and 16.
On the Beach… Fog, low clouds, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* 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.
07/19 Sun 09:07 AM -0.18 L
07/19 Sun 03:48 PM 7.37 H
07/19 Sun 09:24 PM 2.60 L
07/20 Mon 03:10 AM 7.36 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, foggy, light winds, then overcast and a chance of showers.