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Nice Run of Warm Days: Washington / Oregon Coast Into 70s, Valleys in the 80s

Published 04/25/23 at 11:02 PM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Nice Run of Warm Days: Washington / Oregon Coast Into 70s, Valleys in the 80s

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(Portland, Oregon) – Spring is going to spring quite the little heatwave along the Oregon coast and Washington coast, as well as the inland portions of those states. High temps will climb into the 80s. However, Brookings has already led the way with highs around 75 recently. (Above: Seal Rock, Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

It's the highest temps the Pacific Northwest has seen since October, and it can't come too soon for many. Later this week and over the weekend will be sunny and warm.

Some of this comes with some warnings, however.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the upper half of the Oregon coast and much of the south Washington coast will see mostly cloudy conditions and some gusts on Thursday, while later in the afternoon sees sunnier skies as the clouds begin to wear away. This includes Florence, Newport, Oceanside, Manzanita, Seaside, Long Beach and Raymond – and everything in between.

Friday, however, is going to be absolutely stellar. For these areas, high temps will likely be just over 70 degrees, with a possibility of even slightly warmer numbers farther north into the Washington coast. Saturday cools considerably, down to just below 60 degrees, and more clouds start moving in.

“High probabilities for many coastal locations to reach 70 degrees on Friday,” the NWS said. “Temperatures will begin trending down slightly on Saturday as the ridge axis is nudged eastward.”

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From Sunday through Tuesday the chances of rain start picking up. Also, wave height starts rising as well, reaching into the low teens offshore over the weekend, which may spell some good wave watch action for parts of the early week.

On the south Oregon coast, the region is warmer sooner than up north. From Reedsport down through Bandon the forecast is fairly similar to the northern areas, but Wednesday through Saturday is where the sun really comes out.

South of there is a bit more tropical, the NWS said.

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“The Umpqua Valley and the Oregon coast south of Cape Blanco won`t be far behind,” the NWS said. “Brookings looks to have its highest temperature of the period at 78 degrees, as northerly winds could push warmer air down into the area.”

Again, Saturday begins a downward trend for those areas as well.

Thursday and Friday will bring a definite small heatwave to the inland areas of Washington and Oregon.

“There is high confidence that temperatures will surpass 80 degrees in the interior valleys on Friday,” the NWS said.

Some parts of the Portland / Vancouver metro area could reach up to 87 degrees.

As the heat moves in and valley residents either head to the coasts of Washington and Oregon or the waterways nearby, the NWS has a warning about recreation in regional streams and rivers.

“Though warmer temperatures this week will make for great outdoor activities, remember that the water temperatures of our lakes and rivers will still be very cold,” the NWS said. “Sudden exposure to cold water drains body heat faster than cold air, so cold water shock can pose life-threatening risks. Wearing a life jacket will significantly increase chances of survival.”

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Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

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