Sunny days ahead for spring break along the Washington, Oregon coast
Posted 03/23/21 6:50 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff
(Yachats, Oregon) – Spring break on the Oregon and Washington coasts has a new bounce in their path: it promises to be really sunny and pleasant this week. Highs will still be cold in most areas, into the 1950s at most, but the very edges of the southern Oregon coast will reach nearly 63. (Above: near Port Orford, photo courtesy of permission of Siuslaw National Forest)
The National Weather Service (NWS) said things will change in the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, but that it will be short lived.
“This will result in a period of drier and warmer weather on Friday and Saturday, with the warmest conditions expected on Saturday as the ridge axis moves over the region,” the NWS said. The latest iteration of the NBM [National Blend of Models] suggests temperatures will hit 60 degrees in inland valleys on Friday afternoon, with highs at least in the low mid-60s on Saturday afternoon.
Washington Coast: Around Westport and other parts of the central Washington coast, things get sunny Thursday with a high of near 49. It will be cold, with slightly strong winds however, up to 22 mph and higher gusts possible. .
Friday and Saturday see sunny skies but highs around 50 only.
On Sunday, temperatures drop a little to just under 50 and a slight chance of rain. Monday and Tuesday are typical spring weather, with sunshine but also the risk of rain.
It’s a similar forecast for the north Washington coast, but with slightly cooler temperatures.
South Coast of Washington and North Coast of Oregon: On the north coast of Oregon and the south coast of Washington (Long Beach to Florence), Thursday brings showers before 11 am, mainly cloudy skies and a high of around 45. The winds will be quite strong but more in adolescents.
Friday and Saturday the sun comes out with highs around 50.
Sunday turns cloudy again with some rain, but Monday and Tuesday it’s a mix of sun and rain with highs of around 50.
South Oregon Coast: On the southern Oregon coast (Reedsport to Bandon), the forecast is also similar to the northern half and the Washington coast. However, temperatures are a bit warmer, especially when you head to Brookings, where the forecast is sometimes 10 degrees above the rest of the Pacific Northwest.
Thursday will see rain and peaks around 50.
Saturday and Sunday take you into sunny, clear territory with highs around 54. Monday and Tuesday remain sunny with slightly lower highs.
However, once you get down below Gold Beach and into the Brookings area, the high temperatures on those sunny weekend days will sometimes be 63 degrees.
For ocean action during spring break, there will be nothing noteworthy, according to the NWS. Most areas of the Pacific Northwest beaches will have seas 6 to 12 feet offshore for much of the week, dropping below 10 feet on weekends.
This will be a good time to go agate hunting and other beach treasures, however, from La Push to Gold Beach. Winter storms left significant erosion until about a week or two ago, and agate beds are expected to be plentiful because of this. Lots of weird debris is still found (be sure to take a cleanup bag with you and help out), and most areas still show remarkable dune degradation and steep cuts, which you don’t see to this degree so often.
Pacific City – courtesy of Pilar French
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