Heat scorches dry Finger Lakes Wednesday

It's been dry. And now its hot, too. Is there any relief in sight?
It’s been dry. And now its hot, too. Is there any relief in sight?

It’s been dry. And now its hot, too. Is there any relief in sight?

Sunny skies and light southwest winds will open the door to very hot and moderately humid weather today.

Temperatures will rapidly rise this morning and should be well into the 80s by the midday hours. Many areas will see 90 degrees or hotter, with the remainder of the region in the upper 80s. Western parts of the Southern Tier, heading away from the Finger Lakes, will be a bit more tolerable with highs in the mid 80s.

The dew points this afternoon will primarily be in the upper 50s to low 60s. While not oppressive, it will start to feel uncomfortable when coupled with the high heat and light winds. Heat index values should be a couple degrees warmer than the actual temperature.

Unlike some of our recent hot weather, the nighttime hours will not offer a tremendous amount of relief. With the higher humidity levels, overnight lows will mostly be within a couple degrees on either side of 70.

There will be a little bit of relief on Thursday, both from the heat and dry weather. A few isolated showers may pop up during the day. The extra clouds at least should help keep temperatures just below 90 degrees. Most areas will probably not see much in the way of rain. There will be a better chance for rain Friday, especially late in the day, into Saturday. The evolution of the rain chances is still unclear, but this could be the start of a period where rain is more common than it has been.

Regardless of the rain, cooler weather will gradually settle back in. Highs will again be very warm on Friday, but should retreat back towards the 70s for the weekend and early next week. Another bubble of hot air may move in for a couple days next week, however.

Don’t forget- you can get your zip code’s forecast by entering it into the box at the top of the page. Also, tomorrow is Thursday, so be on the lookout for my weekly drought report.

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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.