Hot and Humid for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes will be hot and humid, but very little if any rain is expected. [Photo by Dale Swarts]

Feeling Like Summer

A warm and humid Memorial Day will unfold across the Finger Lakes today with only very low chances for precipitation.

A push of warm air aloft has already moved through the Finger Lakes this morning. A disturbance aloft will approach from the west later today.

The result of these two features will be a hot and humid, but mostly dry Memorial Day for the Finger Lakes.

Skies, which are starting cloudy, should turn at least somewhat sunny today. Both high, thin cirrus clouds and puffy cumulus clouds are likely, which will limit the sunshine somewhat.

The disturbance will touch off a couple isolated showers or thunderstorms during the mid-afternoon hours. These will be limited to the far eastern and southern Finger Lakes. Even here though, most areas will not see rain.

Temperatures will reach the mid 80s for many areas this afternoon. Dew points will be into the mid and upper 60s, making it feel muggy. There will be a bit of a southwest breeze for a little relief.

This evening, temperatures will slowly back through the 70s and into the 60s overnight.

Brief Relief Before Tropical Week’s End

High pressure passing north, then east of the region will bring a small window of less humid air Tuesday and Wednesday.

At the same time, tropical air will build north with the remains of Subtropical Storm Alberto, which will make landfall along the Gulf Coast today.

There is a chance that the dry air will have a hard time working into the southern and western Finger Lakes.

The interplay between the high pressure and the remains of Alberto make the mid-week forecast a bit uncertain, but conditions should generally stay dry and warm.

By Thursday, high pressure will be southeast of the area, which will help push the tropical air into the Finger Lakes.

Expect widespread on and off showers and thunderstorms Thursday and Friday. Some of the thunderstorms will likely have torrential downpours with oppressive humidity in place.

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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

    (for Friday) Expect (it says except, a typo). Thank you so much, this forecast will help me plan the week’s activities and chores.

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      Thanks for the edit!