Thursday, July 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: Projections for coastal high temperatures of 70-75F were danged close to the target yesterday. But you didn’t have to travel very far east for an entirely different story. An unofficial weather station between Eddyville and Cline Hill in the Coast Range recorded 100F on Wednesday with many Valley locations also at or near the century mark. For us, it was just a tad warmer than average and the sea breeze kept a lid on the mercury. Lincoln City pulled off a Central Coast trifecta with the highest daytime temperature, the warmest overnight low and the strongest wind gust. The breeze pooped out at sunset, there was some haze and fog along the beaches overnight and lows dipped to around 50F. At dawn, it was mostly clear and calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 74F/57F/37mph
Depoe Bay: 68F/51F/32mph
Forecast: Look for another couple of Summer days in the same mold as yesterday with sunshine, highs of 70-75F, lows of 50-55F and stiff afternoon sea breezes through tomorrow. Outlook is for a few clouds to occasionally dot the sky Saturday through Wednesday while the thermometer returns to seasonal averages of 65F highs and 55F lows.
Travel: An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of Northwest Oregon except the immediate coastline. The warning is in effect from noon today to 9:00pm Friday night. The Heat Advisory is no longer in effect. High temperatures of 100F to 105F are expected with the hottest in the Central and Southern Willamette Valley and the Central Columbia River Gorge. Daytime temperatures of 90-98F will likely persist through the weekend and possibly into Monday. Nighttime lows of 60-65F are predicted.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels through 11:00pm Friday evening. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest west of the Cascade crest, and the Willamette Valley plus its adjacent foothills.
In the Coast Range today, sunny with 95-100F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 100-105F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps near 105F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 55-65F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet.
Marine: The breeze is NNE 10-15 knots this morning and seas are 7-8 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect until noon today. N winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, tonight and tomorrow with seas subsiding to 4 feet at 6 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 15-25 knots Saturday through Monday; mixed swells/windwaves 5-7 feet, highest on Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is still extremely cold and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
07/30 Thu 06:14 AM -1.12 L
07/30 Thu 12:50 PM 7.18 H
07/30 Thu 05:59 PM 2.58 L
07/31 Fri 12:03 AM 9.50 H
In Short: Mostly clear, warm and windy, then repeat.