Summary: Mainly cloudy and foggy yesterday; measurable mist overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/56F/16mph/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 61F/54F/10mph/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 200’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.03”
The Air Quality Alert remains in effect for the Central Coast until noon today. Wildfires burning in the region combined with atmospheric conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels due to smoke and ozone at times. Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and exacerbate other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.
Forecast: Not much change is expected as we head into the weekend, but a weak weather system is tracking toward the Central Coast for a 50-50 chance of showers tomorrow night and Sunday. Winds remain light and temps stay cool as highs reach 60F or so and lows dip to about 55F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy Monday and Tuesday, then some sunshine Wednesday and Thursday. The mercury is projected to be a tad below seasonal – high 60F, low 50-55F all week.
Eclipse Viewing… The latest long-range forecast shows intervals of clouds and sunshine with 65F on August 21st but an increasing chance of showers by that evening. Considering fog, marine low clouds and the possibility of storms, we can expect about a 60% chance that the sky will be at least partially obscured. The National Weather Service eclipse website is here.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 55-60F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 65-75F. For the Cascades, highways are dry, 55-65F, a chance of showers or thunderstorms, the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is dry pavement at all elevations through tomorrow, then a chance of showers and wet conditions tomorrow night through Sunday night.
Marine: Winds are SE 5 knots this morning with seas 3 feet at 7 seconds. High pressure remains the dominant feature today. Wind speeds will be below 20 knots through at least tomorrow. A weak front looks to move across Central Coast waters late Saturday into Sunday, resulting in a switch to SSW wind. High pressure re-develops early next week, with thermal low pressure building into the S Oregon Coast. This could bring a brief period of advisory gusts to 25 knots Monday afternoon and evening. Seas will remain below 5 feet through the weekend. Seas may briefly build to around 6-7 feet early next week due to stronger north wind. * 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 cloudy, patchy fog, light breeze, surf 2-3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
08/11 Fri 9:18 AM -0.25 L
08/11 Fri 3:55 PM 7.67 H
08/11 Fri 9:46 PM 1.48 L
08/12 Sat 3:48 AM 7.17 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, light wind, patchy fog/drizzle, then chance of showers.