Perfect first day of Summer in the Finger Lakes

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The Finger Lakes will enjoy a nice first day of summer Wednesday, June 21, which is the longest day of the year. [Photo by Janet Steiner]

Summer Starts Nice

Wednesday is the official start of summer according to the solar calendar. Today is the longest day of the year— the summer solstice.

The weather over the Finger Lakes will be quite enjoyable to kick off the traditional summer season. Of all the days this week, it is today that will have the lowest chances for rain.

In fact, the rain chances are almost, but not quite none. A brief shower cannot completely be ruled out, especially across the Southern Tier this morning. However, the overwhelming majority of the region will be completely rain free.

Skies will be quite sunny today as well with just some occasional clouds drifting through.

Temperatures will be pleasant, with highs generally in the mid 70s across the region.

Clear skies this evening will let temperatures slip back into the 60s tonight with morning lows Thursday in the 50s.

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Some Rain Returns

The weather pattern will get active again on Thursday and Friday, but the Finger Lakes may be spared the heaviest rain from this next weather system.

A batch of rain showers will start to move into the western Finger Lakes during the late morning hours on Thursday. The showers will spread east during the midday and early afternoon hours. As it does so, the showers should dissipate and fall apart by the mid afternoon. Parts of the eastern Finger Lakes may not see much more than a few spits of rain.

Showers and thunderstorms will increase Thursday evening and night, but much of the activity will be focused near a warm front that will be poised just north of the region. Locally heavy rain will fall over northern New York, Lake Ontario and parts of Canada. In the Finger Lakes, meanwhile, some areas, especially further south, may see very little rain.

More thunderstorms are likely on Friday near an incoming cold front. Again, areas north and east of the Finger Lakes may see some heavy rain while much of the Finger Lakes gets missed. Areas further west may also see more in the way of thunderstorms during the day Friday. Showers will move through Friday evening, but will probably not have the same punch as they do earlier in the day.

It is completely reasonable to expect some parts of the central, southern, and eastern Finger Lakes to see less than a quarter-inch of rain between Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, areas east of Lake Ontario should easily exceed an inch, with as much as two or even three inches possible.

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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.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

2 Responses

  1. Gail Dalmat

    I recognize the view in the photograph. North of Pyramid Mall (or whatever it’s called nowadays). Lovely view.

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