Sunny, Dry, and Warm Wednesday
The Finger Lakes is heading into another prolonged period of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation that will persist through the weekend.
Yesterday was the first day of the sunny and dry weather as high pressure started to build in. After the frosty start, afternoon temperatures ended up close to normal for mid-October.
However, with the introduction of steady south winds as high pressure settles to our southeast, the temperature will continue to climb.
Temperatures are starting the day ranging through the 40s, but that temperature will quickly warm as the sun climbs higher in the sky with no cloud cover expected.
By this afternoon, high temperatures will be approaching 70 degrees in some locales, with upper 60s widespread for most other areas.
This is about 7-10 degrees warmer than normal but well shy of any record highs.
Overnight lows tonight will range from the low 50s across the northern Finger Lakes to the mid and upper 40s across the Southern Tier.
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Weather Pattern Persists
High pressure will remain locked in place for the remainder of the week and through the weekend.
The center of the high will shift from the Southeast United States to a position off the coast of New England.
This will keep the Finger Lakes in the warm, southerly flow with plenty of sunshine.
Temperatures on Thursday will be similar to today with upper 60s and a few 70-degree readings.
Friday will lose a few degrees as a brief wind shift takes place thanks to a small system skirting across eastern Canada. Look for highs in mid 60s.
The weekend will be when the full force of this warm spell is felt in the Finger Lakes in response to the repositioning of the high to the New England coast.
Highs on Saturday should be in the low and mid 70s while Sunday should see mostly mid 70s, but possibly a few upper 70s as well.
This weather pattern will come to an end early next week as a complex storm system moves through the area. It is too uncertain to say what impacts that system will have in our area at this time, but below normal temperatures are likely behind it, at least for a couple days.