Monday, August 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: The sea breeze was back, in spades, yesterday blowing strongly from before noon until nearly midnight. Gusts pushed up into the 30s with Waldport taking a blast of 38 mph for the highest locally. Sunshine and reasonable seasonable thermometer readings balanced out the day. Overnight, scattered clouds and some haze developed first and then patchy fog, dense in spots, formed along the beaches and headlands; low temps spanned 46-54F. At dawn, blue skies dominated east of 101 with fog/haze on the beaches and it was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 71F/54F/28mph
Depoe Bay: 65F/55F/31mph
Forecast: Except for our regular reporting area along the immediate coastline, the remainder of Lincoln County is under a Heat Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for tomorrow from 11:00am to 9:00pm. Temperatures will reach well into the 90s during this period. The Central Coast will escape the extreme heat as the mercury here is expected to rise to 65-70F today and maybe the low-70s tomorrow before cooling off on Wednesday. Look for mainly clear skies and afternoon/evening sea breezes 15-25 mph gusting 30-35. Outlook is for average Summer conditions Thursday through Sunday with sunny days, patchy fog and/or drizzle possible at night, windy, highs of 65F and lows of 55F.
Travel: A Heat Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, in effect from 11:00am Tuesday to 6:00pm Wednesday, for the greater Portland-Vancouver Metro area as well as all inland valleys and the Cascade foothills of Northwest Oregon. The hottest hours of the day will be 1:00pm to 6:00pm Tuesday and 1:00pm to 5:00pm Wednesday. A surge of onshore flow should cool temperatures quickly Wednesday evening. High temperatures will reach 95-100F, except 85-95 in the higher foothill elevations. Do not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. The resulting heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke or death.
In the Coast Range today, sunny with 80-90F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 90F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west wind, temps near 90F. For the Cascades, there’s dry pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-55F; mostly sunny, patchy smoke, the free air freezing level is 15,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are out of the NNE 10-20 knots this morning with lumpy seas 6 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect now through Tuesday evening. Northerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 today, tonight and tomorrow, easing tomorrow afternoon to 15-20 knots; square seas 7 feet at 7 seconds, subsiding to 5 feet at 6 seconds tomorrow. Outlook is for N winds 20-25 knots Wednesday, 10-20 knots Thursday and Friday; swells 8 feet. 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 hot weather. The ocean is extremely cold and swimming in it can quickly lead to hypothermia and drowning.
08/17 Mon 08:33 AM 0.51 L
08/17 Mon 03:00 PM 7.65 H
08/17 Mon 08:53 PM 1.94 L
08/18 Tue 02:51 AM 7.40 H
In Short: Clear, windy, warmer, then cooling, mostly clear and patchy fog.