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Oregon, SW Washington Forecast Now for 115 - Advice for Coast, Outdoors

Published 06/26/21 at 6:25 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Oregon, SW Washington Forecast Now for 115 - Advice for Coast, Outdoors

(Oregon Coast) – Six states of the western U.S. are under some kind of heat alert or another as a record-breaking heat wave encompasses the region – some 25 million people, according to NBC. For areas of Washington and Oregon away from the coast, that's all only getting worse, with the National Weather Service (NWS) now updating the highs for Sunday and Monday as closer to 115.

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Even the Oregon coast will get hit, as an excessive heat warning is in effect Sunday for the northern third of the coastline, roughly Pacific City through Astoria, and all the way through the southern Washington coast as well. Upper 80s or 90s will be affecting areas just a few miles from the beaches, although the sands themselves should be no higher than the low 80s.

It's inland areas of Oregon and southwest Washington that will see the extreme heat, however, creating dangerous situations for many, especially the homeless and elderly.

“Forecast temperatures have unfortunately come up slightly, and some guidance is suggesting high temperatures may approach 115 degrees across much of the interior lowlands,” the NWS said. “Monday is shaping up to be just as hot for the northern Willamette Valley into Clark County, and only slightly ‘cooler' to the south.”

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Although temp forecasts have risen from 110 to another five degrees more, the NWS said that won't make a major difference.

“Don't get too caught up in the exact numbers though, the impacts will be the same regardless of the exact outcome,” the NWS said. “Do everything you can to stay cool, avoid outdoor activities if possible, stay hydrated, and make sure to check on your loved ones.”

Sadly, the Oregon coast and Washington coast are all booked up solid, with most lodgings reporting being filled up through Fourth of July and beyond already. With no rooms at the inns, this leaves the coast a no-go except for day trips. Even that may not be advisable as long trips in the car in such weather and this level of heavy traffic may make your vehicle more prone to overheating on the way.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has also weighed in on advice for dealing with the weather on the Oregon coast and elsewhere.

OPRD said these kinds of conditions will cause bad overcrowding quickly at the coast and other water recreation areas.

“Plan to arrive early, and pass by if the parking lot is full,” said OPRD spokesperson Chris Havel. “Have a plan B in case the destination you chose is at capacity.”

When enjoying river recreation, be aware that cold water and low water levels reveal in-water hazards. Be sure to check ahead for any reported obstructions and the recommended actions for safe navigation.

The forecasted hot and dry weather makes fire safety a top priority for OPRD and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Conditions can change quickly, so be sure to check the state parks campfire restrictions web page in advance of your trip. Also review these campfire safety tips before you head out. Be prepared for the possibility of a campfire ban during your stay.

To find out what state and federally managed properties are open or closed, go to Oregon's Recreation Site Status Map. More information about state parks is available at stateparks.oregon.gov.

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