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Summer Weather This Week for Oregon Coast
(Oregon Coast) - The weekend promises a bundle of summer-like weather on Oregon’s beaches, with little or no winds, lots of blue skies and temps hovering in the 70's during the day.
And it’s sure to draw in the masses, as the valley is predicted to be in the upper 80's.
Thursday night begins with a few clouds and winds up to 10 mph. Friday, the good stuff really kicks in with more sun than clouds, according to the Weather Channel. Highs will be in the low 70’s, while nighttime lows will float around the middle of the 50’s.
Saturday will vacillate a bit between sun and clouds, cooling off a bit into the upper 60’s.
Sunday, however, will see more highs in the low 70’s, lots of sun and nocturnal lows in the mid 50’s.
Monday will continue the good vibes with similar temperatures and less clouds, while Tuesday will again vacillate between sunny and cloudy and cool off a bit into the upper 60’s. Wednesday and Thursday are predicted to be similarly partly cloudy and in the 60’s.
Ocean swells will be quite small as well, sticking around the five to ten-foot range throughout most of the week and weekend.
The news is spreading and is already causing a bit of an exodus to the beaches.
"September normally is a pretty good month, so far," said Brian Hines, who owns San Dune Inn in Manzanita. He said he’s already completely booked up for the weekend, and even the early week is a little low on vacancies.
For beachgoers, it promises lots of deliciously sunny conditions for recreation during the day and maybe even the excellent shooting star watching the coast often gives you on clear nights.
It's all part of what is called the “second summer” on the Oregon coast. It’s still a bit of a secret to even many Oregonians, but September and early October present the best weather of the year for the region. This “shoulder season,” as it’s called in the tourism business, is typified by much warmer temperatures, less wind and bluer skies than at any other time of the year.
The reason is fairly complex, but it boils down to the fact that the valley has cooled considerably and the temperature differences between the beaches and the inland areas are not as wide. Part of this is caused by the ocean having warmed up over the summer months as well. This lack of a temperature difference between the two areas lessens the frequency of fog, allows the warmer eastern and southern winds to hit the beaches, and allows for other weather conditions that add to the increased warmth of the coast.
Other intriguing aspects of the “second summer” include less crowds on the coast and lower lodging prices.
Usually, mid-October is the turning point towards more cooler, storm-like weather on the Oregon coast. But almost half the time, such warm, sunny conditions can stick around late into the month.
The sun and fun is not the only reason to head to the Oregon coast this weekend. A bevy of events dot the coastal landscape as well. Here are a few:
September 7. Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon 100 begins at 8:30 a.m. Swim .75K, cycle 15.5K and run 5K. To register go to www.active.com. Lincoln City, Oregon.
September 6 & 7. Seaside Wheels & Waves car show. 500 of the best and most unusual Hot Rods and Customs built prior to 1963. Throughout Seaside, Oregon. Entertainment, poker runs/walks, etc. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 503-717-8530. www.flashbackinseaside.com
Saturday, September 6. Mural Dedication, Seaside. The dedication of a 60 ft. long mural by artist Roger Cooke of Sandy, Oregon will be held at 1 p.m. The mural, painted on aluminum panels, will be mounted on the north exterior wall of Holladay Drug Store at the corner of Broadway and Holladay. The mural depicts scenes of the daily life of the Clatsop and Nehalem tribes at the Seaside estuary with Tillamook Head in the background. Included in the painting will be images of historic tribal members such as Tostum, Chief of the Clatsop Tribe in the early 1800’s. Among those taking part in the dedication will be Tostum’s descendent, Diane Collier of Warrenton, Clatsop-Nehalem Tribal Chairwoman. In Seaside, Oregon, on September 6, as part of the First Saturday Art Walk. The mural is at the corner of Broadway and Holladay. 503-861-2450.