Saturday, August 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: Mainly sunny skies dominated the Central Coast yesterday, but there was a wild temperature swing caused by Summer beach fog. Lincoln City got the most sunshine and had the highest thermometer reading at 74F; Waldport and Yachats got stuck in the fog during the warmest part of the day and barely made it out of the 50s. The sea breeze was about normal for the last day of July, blowing 20-25 mph gusting 30, and it didn’t fade until almost midnight. Haze, fog and scattered clouds partially obscured the Blue Moon overnight; low temps dipped into the upper-40s and low-50s. At daybreak, there were a few clouds around, some fog and the wind was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 74F/51F/29mph
Depoe Bay: 71F/52F/23mph
Regional Record High July…
Salem recorded its warmest month on record with an average temperature of 73.1F in July. The previous record was 72.5F set twice in 2014, in July and August. Eugene set a record for the warmest July ever with an average temperature of 71.5F. The previous record for the month was 71.0F in 1958. With six days in July of 100F or more, Eugene also set a new record for the most days in a year with a temperature of 100F or more. The previous record was five days in 1978.
Forecast: We’ll start the new month here today with scattered clouds and patchy fog but still see mostly sunny skies with a stiff afternoon/evening sea breeze and the mercury rising to 65-70F. Partly cloudy, patchy fog and windy tonight and tomorrow, lows of 50-55F and highs around 65F. Outlook is for mainly clear skies for the entire workweek ahead and seasonal temps between 55F and 65F.
Travel: The Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 9:00pm this evening for the Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge and Upper Hood River Valley. High temperatures of 95-100F are expected with the hottest in the Central and Southern Willamette Valley and Central Columbia River Gorge. Today should be the last excessively hot one for these areas. Slow cooling starts tomorrow, though some 90s will probably persist through Monday.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for hot, dry and unstable conditions combined with dry fuels through 10:00pm this evening. The affected areas include the Mt. Hood National Forest west of the Cascade crest, the Willamette National Forest, portions of the Siuslaw National Forest, and the Willamette Valley plus its adjacent foothills.
In the Coast Range today, a Heat Advisory is in effect, sunny with 90-95F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 100F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light southwest winds, temps near 100F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 60F; sunny, the free air freezing level is 16,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is hot temperatures and dry roads through Sunday night.
Marine: NNE winds are 15-25 knots this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. Northerlies 20-25 knots early today, easing to 15-20 knots this afternoon and mixed swells/windwaves 5 feet at 6 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow N winds 15-20 knots, seas subsiding to 4 feet. Outlook is for N winds 10-20 knots Monday through Wednesday with mixed swells/windwaves 3-4 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunny, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* A reminder for inland residents coming to the Central Coast to escape the heat wave. The ocean is extremely cold (55F) and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
08/01 Sat 07:36 AM -1.45 L
08/01 Sat 02:09 PM 8.03 H
08/01 Sat 07:40 PM 1.82 L
08/02 Sun 01:41 AM 9.35 H
In Short: Mainly clear, beach/headland fog and windy, then partly cloudy.