Summary: Sunny with a moderate sea breeze yesterday, mainly clear overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/50F/27mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 60F/45F/24mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 5 mph/Altimeter: 29.95”
Forecast: There’ll be a lot of visitors around the Central Coast this weekend with a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances developing. Hot temperatures in the Valley and cool temperatures here, mild ocean conditions allowing boaters to head offshore for their first fishing trips of the season, and the Memorial Day holiday will combine to bring many thousands of people to the area. And to boot, lots of sunshine is projected every day through Monday. High temperatures are expected to peak around 60F each afternoon and dip to about 50F overnight. Outlook is for that scenario to continue into Tuesday or Wednesday when we’ll see increasing clouds, then a chance of showers on Thursday. Temps remain just a little below average with highs of 55-60F and lows near 50F.
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Travel: Expect heavier than normal traffic along the Central Coast from this afternoon through Monday evening; allow extra time for travel. In the Coast Range this morning, highways are bare, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, 35-45F, the snow level is 9,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is bare pavement at all elevations including the Coast Range and Cascades through Monday night; the free air freezing level remains well above the passes at 10,000-13,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are NE 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 9 feet at 10 seconds. Winds will remain below Small Craft Advisory criteria through the holiday weekend, but there may be a few times with gusts near 20 knots in parts of the coastal waters this afternoon and evening, late Sunday, and again Monday afternoon and evening. Seas were very slow to come down below 10 feet, and have been running around 2 feet above wave forecasts since early Thursday. They are finally below 10 feet this morning and are expected to continue to subside a couple more feet and remain below 10 feet well into next week. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-8’ feet (moderate).
* SPECIAL NOTE: For those planning to visit the Oregon Coast this holiday weekend, keep in mind that the ocean can be extremely dangerous. Sneaker waves, rip currents and the very cold water can be deadly. Climbing on beach cliffs, jetties and rocky headlands can also be hazardous. Know before you go -– the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/26 Fri 7:29 AM -2.40 L
05/26 Fri 2:08 PM 7.74 H
05/26 Fri 7:26 PM 1.90 L
05/27 Sat 1:35 AM 9.67 H
In Short: Mainly clear and cool with moderate winds through next week.