Sunny and dry to end the week

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Sunny and dry weather is expected for the Finger Lakes on Thursday. Despite some clouds working in on Friday, rain should not return to the area until late Friday night. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

High Pressure Dominates

A large area of high pressure is sprawled across the eastern half of the United States.

Underneath this high pressure, the weather will remain quiet and dry.

The Finger Lakes region is off to a sunny start this morning with temperatures ranging from the mid 50s in the Southern Tier to the low 60s across the north.

A few thin clouds may work in from the west later this morning and fair-weather clouds will also bubble up. No precipitation is expected today though.

Most areas will top out around 80 degrees this afternoon. Low 80s are possible in the typically warmer areas along and near I-90. Temperatures will drop back into the upper 50s and low 60s once again tonight.

High pressure is now expected to retain control over our weather even into Friday. The chances for rain have backed off and become delayed so that all of Friday should remain rain-free.

This includes the evening hours, when many outdoor high school graduations will take place.

Temperatures Friday will be warmer than today with widespread low and mid 80s. A few areas of Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, and Livingston counties could push into the upper 80s. Dewpoints will be in the upper 50s and low 60s, so it will not feel too muggy.

Thin clouds may filter out some of the intensity of the sunshine, especially as the day goes on.

Evening temperatures will fall back through the 70s, but as clouds thicken overnight, temperatures will hold steady near or just below 70 degrees.

Rain Still Likely This Weekend

Rain will eventually win out over the high pressure and enter back into the Finger Lakes for the weekend.

As I’ve been stressing for the last few days, the details are still uncertain and evolving for the weekend.

At this time, it looks as though some showers will move into the area after midnight Friday night. An isolated thunderstorm may also be possible. This initial wave may depart before or near sunrise.

The remainder of Saturday may have a few scattered showers from time to time, but overall looks fairly dry. The rain chances may end up being higher across the Southern Tier compared to areas further north.

Winds will turn to the northwest behind the early morning showers, keeping high temperatures Saturday in the upper 70s.

Showers will continue to be possible Saturday night and into Sunday. Eventually, the focus for rain will move east toward the I-81 corridor.

All in all, the weekend does not look like a washout and much of the time may end up dry. Still, most areas should see at least some rain.

High temperatures on Sunday will be in the low and mid 70s.

Much of next week looks quiet though one or two small systems will likely bring some showers at some point. Tuesday seems like the best chance for some rain.

Temperatures will start out where the weekend left off with 70s Monday and Tuesday. We should then enter a warming trend with widespread 80s by the 4th of July.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.