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The Oregon Coast stretches for about 350 miles north to south along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. With such a long distance, there are some local weather differences, but the overall climate along the coast is cool and wet. Although heat waves do occur for a few days each summer, and a small amount of snow falls most winters on the central and northern coast, temperature extremes are rare. The southern coast is warmer both winter and summer; it also gets the most rain in winter. The northern coast is the coolest in the winter.
Most people think of the Oregon coast as extending anywhere from about 5 to 10 miles inland, depending upon the terrain.
There are great variations in daily temperatures depending upon how far away one is from the ocean beaches. Even going inland as little as a half mile often means that the summer temperature is noticeably warmer.
Wind is a frequent occurrence along the coast. Many of the beaches are breezy in the summer, although there are sheltered beaches all along the coast. Some areas are more windy, some less - depending partly upon the surrounding geological features such as headlands.
Strong winter storms are very common, and winds routinely reach 65 and 70 miles per hour. 80 MPH is not uncommon, although 100 MPH is quite rare. The open headlands receive the brunt of the wind force. Wind damage to homes and businesses is fairly rare, since building codes are strict along most of the coast.
The entire Oregon coast gets a great deal of rain, with the bulk of it falling between late October and early May. The average along the entire coast is about 75" per year.
Spring is cool and wet. By mid March, the days are getting warmer, but the frequent rain will continue into late spring and often into early summer. Daytime temperatures are usually in the upper 50's to low 60's.
Summer temperatures average in the mid to upper 60's for much of the coast. The southern coast has many days in the 70's. Rain is infrequent and usually light. July, August and September are reliably dry and warm months.
Fall is often delightful, and brings warm days and crisp nights.
Winter brings heavy rain, sometimes for days at a time. Temperatures range from the low 40's to low 50's. Along the central and northern coast, snow falls just about every year, usually no more than an inch or two on a few occasions, though. Many nights are around or below freezing, except on the warmer southern coast.