Picture of perfection Wednesday before big chill

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Wednesday’s weather will be just about perfect for late August, but a big cool down is in store for Thursday and Friday. [Photo by Sharon Warren]

Great Weather for Wednesday

The weather across the Finger Lakes will be just about perfect for getting outside and enjoying the final days of summer.

High pressure has built into the region between the coastal system that brought some clouds yesterday and a cold front that will slide through on Thursday.

While morning lows are once again starting rather cool, the temperature will warm quickly this morning through the 60s with 70s for the afternoon.

Most places should reach the mid 70s today, which is near or just a couple degrees below normal.

Sunny skies will mix with fair weather clouds from the late morning into the afternoon hours.

A developing south wind will keep temperatures in the 60s this evening, even as skies mostly clear for a short time. Clouds will begin working back into many areas by midnight.

Cold Front Brings Autumn Early

A strong, but moisture starved cold front will barrel south from Canada Thursday morning.

This front will spawn a few scattered showers, but most areas will see little to no rain from this front.

By the afternoon, the front should clear the Finger Lakes, leaving a mix of clouds and sun for the afternoon.

Temperatures will start the day around 60 degrees and may reach the low to mid 60s during the mid and late morning hours.

The temperature will then drop back to around 60 for much of the afternoon with a breezy north wind.

Some clearing Thursday night will help temperatures drop well into the 40s. A few outlying areas in the Southern Tier may even reach the 30s unless cloud cover on the fringe edge of the remains of Harvey being to work in.

Friday will see an increase in those high clouds which will filter some of the sunshine similar to Tuesday’s weather. Regardless of how much sun manages to work out, highs will top out in the low 60s once again.

Both Thursday and Friday will challenge record low daily maximum temperatures across the Finger Lakes.

Labor Day Weekend Weather Improves

The big cool down will be short lived and temperatures should return to the 70s as early as Saturday.

A front moving across southern Canada may pick up some of the remaining moisture from Harvey and bring it north across the Finger Lakes later Saturday into early Sunday. How exactly this evolves is still uncertain.

Another system will drop into the Great Lakes on Monday. Ahead of this, temperatures could make a run towards the 80s for Labor Day.

Late day showers and thunderstorms will be possible, but they may also hold off until Tuesday.

Stay tuned for more details as the specifics for this weekend’s weather become more clear.

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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.

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