Comfortable temperatures turn hot by Father’s Day

finger lakes weather forecast friday june 15 2018 fathers day weekend temperatures
Friday and even Saturday will be comfortable in the Finger Lakes before heat and humidity flood in for Sunday and Monday. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Nice Start to the Weekend

An area of high pressure over the Great Lakes will track across the Finger Lakes, bringing some pleasant weather to the region.

Friday is starting off with a bit of scattered cloud cover but should turn mostly sunny quickly this morning. High pressure will slowly nose in from the west, keeping skies mostly sunny.

Winds will still be a touch gusty, but not nearly as strong as yesterday. Gusts to 25 mph will be possible, especially over the eastern Finger Lakes. These winds will come from the north-northwest.

Despite the north wind, temperatures will turn out quite comfortable today. Expect high temperatures in the low and mid 70s across the Finger Lakes.

High pressure moves overhead tonight, resulting in clear skies and calm winds. Temperatures will slip back into the low and mid 50s for the Finger Lakes with upper 40s across the Southern Tier.

Saturday will light and variable winds with sunny skies transitioning to some high, thin overcast. Sunlight should still shine through the clouds, albeit in a filtered manner.

Temperatures will start to climb, with upper 70s and low 80s for highs. South winds will take hold Saturday night with temperatures holding in the low 60s.

Hottest Yet in 2018

A two-day scorcher is setting up for the Finger Lakes for Father’s Day on Sunday and for Monday.

Heat and humidity will surge northeast on south winds starting Sunday. Some early morning showers or thunderstorms may be possible as the warm air pushes in.

Filtered sunshine is likely again, but temperatures will soar nonetheless. Highs could approach 90 degrees on Sunday, particularly from Seneca county westward. Mid and upper 80s are more likely in the higher elevations to the south and east.

Dewpoints will also surge, reaching the upper 60s and low 70s. That will tack on a few extra degrees for the heat index while making it feel oppressively muggy. A few afternoon thunderstorms are not out of the question.

Sunday night will be very warm and muggy with overnight lows sticking in the 70s. That will get us off and running for Monday, which will likely end up hotter than Sunday.

Monday’s highs will push into the 90s for all but highest elevations, with mid 90s likely from Rochester to Syracuse and down towards Penn Yan and Ithaca. Heat index values will push into the upper 90s thanks to the continued high humidity.

The heat will break with a cold front late Monday night or Tuesday morning. The timing of the front will determine what sort of precipitation and storm potential we see with the front.

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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.). When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.