80 Degree Heat for Oregon Coast This Week
(Oregon Coast) – The heat wave is coming not just to the inland part of Oregon but to the coast as well, bringing with it a lot of visitors and heat refuges to the beaches. With temperatures expected to be in the upper 90’s this week, the coast will swelter at an unusual mid-80’s – and a heat advisory has been issued for the coast range as well as towns like Portland, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Vancouver, etc. (Oregon Coast weather conditions, forecasts here)
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for the interior lowlands of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, as well as the coast range and Cascade Mountain area.
The advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 9 p.m. Thursday.
“A strong upper level ridge will bring very hot weather to the area both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons,” the NWS said in a bulletin. “High temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s are likely. Overnight low temperatures drop only into the mid 50’s to lower 60’s.”
The NWS said a heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of these and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
“Stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors,” the NWS said.
Particularly the elderly and those who don’t have air conditioning or access to cool conditions are vulnerable to effects from the heat. Small children and animals should not be left in cars.
The coast will be in the 80’s for Wednesday and Thursday, and still in the upper 70’s throughout most of the weekend.
Wednesday, it will be quite sunny with temperatures expected to hit as high as 84 in some areas of the coast, with places like Astoria or Toledo that are just slightly inland to rise even more drastically, probably into the 90’s. Winds are predicted to be low, in the 10 to 20 mph range. Lows on the beach are expected to be in the low 60’s that night.
Thursday will have a few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny, and again quite with temperatures a little higher. For instance, Cannon Beach is predicted to be around 85 degrees while Lincoln City will be slightly cooler at around 81 degrees.
Friday, more sun than clouds is predicted along with highs in the mid 80’s and lows in low 60’s.
Saturday and Sunday will likely be in the upper 70’s, and things will cool a bit more into the high 60’s on Monday and afterwards while remaining mostly sunny and swell.
The result is a balmy coast that it is not only entices tourists with its unusually warm conditions, but many will be running, screaming from the heat in the valley.
David McElveen, with Oregon Beach Vacations, said the company has received about 20 bookings for the next few days where someone mentioned the heat. The company has around 200 rentals in a 160-mile range of coast.
“Oregon Beach Vacations is getting lots of reservations,” McElveen said. “It seems to be a combination of the heatwave that has hit Portland along with the fact that the coast is supposed to be in the 80's later this week. Sure hope the warm weather last for a while.”
This, in return, is great news for coastal lodgings and restaurants who have been biting the bullet because of a lackluster economy.
Agate Beach Motel reported getting a nice influx of heat wave refugees.
Don Weller, at Newport’s Ona Beach BnB and Bunkhouse, said he received a small rush at his tiny place, which only has three rooms. The inquiries included a couple from San Diego.
“The main point is, until the weather turned, we were getting nothing,” Weller said.
For Brian Hines at San Dune Inn in Manzanita, those seeking relief from the heat provide much needed economic relief from a sour spring.
“We were pretty much booked out for the week, so the heat wave just provides the icing on the cake to fill what few remaining rooms we have open,” Hines said.
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