Lincoln City beaches were full of people Saturday, as they sought to avoid record high temperatures for the Pacific Northwest, predicted by the National Weather Service.
As word spread that much of Oregon was in for a historic heat wave, people started making plans to head to the coast, where temperatures were not expected to get above the 70s. People are coming in droves as is usual for this time of year, but with the extra hot conditions, even more are coming.
Beachgoers could be seen playing football, volleyball, fishing and crabbing all along the tourist town’s seven miles of beaches. One man, from McMinnville, set up a barbecue at D River Beach, grilling hot dogs and sausages for his family.
“We figured we better get away and beat the heat,” he said. “The whole family wanted to come so here we are!”
The Andersons from Sherwood had this day marked on their calendar for a month, and were lucky their trip coincided with the heat wave.
“It couldn’t be any better than this,” Ty Anderson said. “Crabbing, sun — this is the life.”
Temperatures are forecast to reach 82 degrees on Sunday for Lincoln City, cooling down to around 71 on Monday.