Heat builds into Finger Lakes this weekend

Temperatures will steadily rise over the coming days, with widespread 90s possible by Monday.
Temperatures will steadily rise over the coming days, with widespread 90s possible by Monday.

Temperatures will steadily rise over the coming days, with widespread 90s possible by Monday.

High pressure is building into the Finger Lakes and will keep our region sunny and dry through the Father’s Day weekend. Temperatures will steadily climb, peaking on Monday.

Some patches of clouds this morning should give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the low 80s for most areas, with a few places flirting with the mid 80s, and some of the normally cooler areas falling short of 80 degrees.

Temperatures will back off into the 50s tonight before quickly rising Saturday morning. Some fair weather clouds will develop during the afternoon, but the sun will remain strong and no precipitation is expected. Highs should range from the low 80s in the cooler locations, to the mid 80s across the typically warmer northern Finger Lakes.

Some 90s may start to show up on Father’s Day across the northern Finger Lakes. Temperatures across the remainder of the region will range throughout the 80s. Like Saturday, the sun will be strong, with just a few fair weather clouds.

Monday will be the hottest day of this stretch. Many areas will push into the 90s, and some areas along or just north of the Thruway could push towards the mid 90s. Only the coolest areas will remain in the mid and upper 80s.

While these temperatures will be hot, there is a silver lining. The humidity throughout this period will be rather low. Even on Monday, the dew points may remain mostly in the 50s. That will make the heat a lot more bearable for most people and the heat index will be very close to the actual temperature.

I do want to stress again though- the risk for sunburn will be higher than normal. The sun is nearing its peak intensity with the summer solstice coming on Monday. Sun burn may occur very quickly this weekend, so please take proper precautions, even during the morning and late afternoon hours.

The heat will break on Tuesday as a cold front comes through. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible with the front, but it remains to be seen how widespread or heavy the rain will be. Outside of the chance of rain Tuesday with the front, our dry weather pattern looks to persist at least into next weekend.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.) When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making soap, or playing with his two young boys.