Weather turns summer-like with heat and eventually thunderstorms

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Temperatures will soar into the 70s today and remain there for the remainder of the work week. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

Big Warm Up for the FLX

The cold and snow of Sunday and early Monday are long gone and the rest of this week will feel more like early Summer.

Temperatures are starting out in the 30s and 40s, but should rise quickly this morning on sunny skies and a surge of warm air on the backside of high pressure off the coast of South Carolina.

By noon, most areas should be pushing into the mid and upper 60s with highs this afternoon in the mid 70s.

Winds will not be as strong as yesterday, but could still gust over 20 mph at times.

Relative humidity values will drop to around 30% this afternoon, which is very dry for our region.

As a result, the brush fire danger will be elevated once again today.

Temperatures tonight will drop back into the 50s. This will get us off and running for Wednesday when many areas could hit 80 degrees.

Thunderstorm Season Begins

By Wednesday evening, a front will develop across the Midwest and extend east into southern Canada, well north of the Finger Lakes.

Humidity will start to increase south of this front, with dewpoints rising through the 50s on Wednesday and into the low 60s by Thursday.

While not mid-July humidity, things will feel a bit muggy as temperatures remain well above normal.

More importantly, the increase in humidity, along with the nearby front, will start to touch off some thunderstorms around the area.

Scattered thunderstorms will first start to develop Wednesday evening, but the chance for thunderstorms will continue through the night and into Thursday.

Depending on how much sun manages to come out on Thursday, additional storms may be possible later Thursday. By then, winds aloft will start to increase, introducing the first chance for stronger storms in 2018.

It definitely bears reminding that, usually, severe weather threats in our region do not become very clear more than 12-24 hours in advance. Therefore there is still a high degree of uncertainty in any severe potential.

Stay tuned over the next couple of days for updates on this and any live video coverage announcements.

Temperatures will back off some for the weekend, but it looks like the Finger Lakes will enjoy temperatures mostly in the 60s from here on out.

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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.