Nice weather for the Finger Lakes this week

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The weather this week in the Finger Lakes will be sunny with some needed rain showers on Wednesday. [Photo by Valerie Smith]

Weather Becomes More Normal

A fairly typical weather week is expected in the Finger Lakes as temperatures warm up.

High pressure will build into the region today from the north. After a few morning clouds, skies will become mostly sunny this afternoon.

Temperatures will respond by pushing into the mid 70s for highs. Winds will be light from the northeast, though areas near Lake Ontario could see a couple gusts between 20-25 mph.

Skies will remain clear tonight, allowing temperatures to slip back into the low and mid 50s. Tuesday will again be bright and sunny.

High temperatures on Tuesday will get a boost from a south wind that will gust between 25-30 mph. Upper 70s are likely across the southern half of the Finger Lakes with low 80s to the north. Areas near Rochester and into western Wayne County will push into the mid 80s.

A storm system will track across the region on Wednesday, spreading showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms across the region.

Behind that system, skies will turn sunny again for the end of the week and into the weekend. Temperatures will be on the rise, too, with 80s becoming more commonplace by the weekend.

Needing Rain

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Precipitation has been below normal across Upstate New York, including the Finger Lakes, over the last 60 days. Click to enlarge. []
While the sunshine is nice for getting outside, there is a need for rain in the Finger Lakes.

Over the last 60 days, the entire region has seen below normal precipitation with a fair amount of the area seeing just 50-75% of the normal amount of rain.

The only chance for rain during the next week looks to be on Wednesday. While any rain is good, most areas will probably not see significant rainfall from this system.

The rise in temperatures this weekend appears to be the start of a longer-term warm period. Along with the warmer temperatures will come a rise in humidity.

This, of course, will increase the chances for showers and thunderstorms. Rain will become more likely starting next week, but it may be more feast-or-famine downpours from thunderstorms than widespread, beneficial rains.

There are currently no areas of drought concern in New York State, but this will be something to watch over the coming weeks.

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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.