A few more days of heat, then a big change

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Temperatures will remain slightly above normal for a few more days before a switch back to well below normal temperatures. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Summer Continues Through Friday

The Finger Lakes will remain summery for the next few days with temperatures pushing well into the 80s with scattered afternoon thunderstorms.

Thunderstorm activity so far this week has been quite isolated, with just a few areas seeing the action.

A slight uptick in the coverage of thunderstorms is expected for Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, though the storms will still be scattered and will only affect a handful of locations.

Skies are partly cloudy this morning thanks to a small disturbance in the area. Temperatures will rise quickly this morning with a slight southwest wind.

By the early afternoon, low and mid 80s should be widespread across the Finger Lakes. Showers and thunderstorms will start to develop by 1 or 2 pm.

These showers and storms will be small cells that could form a couple of small storm clusters. Locally heavy rain with some minor poor drainage flooding and some small hail are not out of the question.

While the whole region is at risk for a storm this afternoon, the Southern Tier and southern Finger Lakes seems to have the best chance for seeing these storms. Many areas will remain dry today.

A similar scenario will unfold on Thursday.

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Major Pattern Change Friday into Saturday

There will be a large contrast in the weather between Friday and Saturday.

Friday will be hot, with temperatures pushing into the mid and upper 80s. A few locations may even flirt with 90 degrees. A few isolated showers and storms will be possible during the afternoon hours, with more widespread

A few isolated showers and storms will be possible during the afternoon hours, with more widespread activity Friday evening and through Friday night.

There is some severe weather threat, especially from the late afternoon into the early evening hours over the more western reaches of the Finger Lakes.

This activity will be spurred on by a strong cold front that will send the region from mid-summer to late summer overnight.

Saturday will have a mix of sun and clouds with a couple of stray showers.

Cool northwest winds will gust to 30-40 mph at times, especially over the western Finger Lakes.

High temperatures will only reach the low 70s, with some of the higher elevations remaining stuck in the 60s.

This will become the norm heading into next week and possibly beyond.

While the cool temperatures will be welcomed by some, the threats for heavy rain on Monday and possible again late next week will probably not be welcomed by anyone. More details on that in the coming days.

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.

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