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Stormy Oregon / Washington Coast, Possible Thunderstorms Then Sun

Published 09/26/21 at 8:16 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Stormy Oregon / Washington Coast, Possible Thunderstorms Then Sun

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(Manzanita, Oregon) – A bit of a wild ride is in store for the Washington and Oregon coast this week, with some rather intense offshore gales and warnings, a chance of thunderstorms, and then many areas moving into a sunny, “second summer” pattern later in the week. Parts of the south Oregon coast will warm up even more. However, some areas of the PNW may experience high tidal conditions and hazardous beaches, along with heavy winds in the first part of the week.

The National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Seattle, Medford and Portland have put out a variety of small craft or gale warnings for offshore areas through early Monday morning, with another round of heavy conditions coming in later that day that could mean more advisories.

From the Washington coast until about Florence - in the middle of Oregon's shoreline - thunderstorms are possible.

On the Washington coast, combined seas create 15-foot swells offshore on Monday, and a beach advisory is possible.

“Conditions will remain hazardous along beaches and coastal fronts nonetheless,” the NWS in Seattle said. “Expect a similar situation toward midweek, with the next strong front reaching the waters late Wednesday and pushing onshore through early Thursday. Expect widespread advisory strength winds and possible gales, along with larger seas again following the front.”

Seas won't be as heavy along the Oregon coastline, but there are some small craft advisories for Monday morning. The NWS in Portland said winds and seas will subside on Tuesday.

From southern Washington down through the central Oregon coast, thunderstorms are possible on Monday and Tuesday, and all areas – including the south coast – will be getting plenty of showers those days.

Look for more weather action on Wednesday, though more of the garden variety beach soaking than anything dramatic.

Westport, Washington, courtesy Westport Visitors Center

“The chances for rain come to an end from west to east across the area Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, but right on this system's heels is another that will bring a second round of rain chances for the mid-week time period,” the NWS said. “With this second system, chances for rain begin to creep up Wednesday morning along the coast and late Wednesday night into Thursday morning in the Willamette Valley.”

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On Thursday, the coastlines of both states dry out and will stay that way through the weekend. The Washington coast will be getting some sunny moments on and off, but temps and the frequency of blue skies increase the farther south you go. It's partly cloudy to mostly sunny from Thursday through Sunday on the Washington shoreline, and a little more sun on the north and central Oregon coast. Highs won't get much past 60 in both areas, even as far south as Port Orford.

However, much more sun and temps close to 70 will be found at Gold Beach and Brookings through the weekend, making that the balmy spot of both coastlines.

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