High Pressure Dominates
A large area of high pressure is in firm control of the weather over the eastern two-thirds of the nation.
The high is centered far to our west, near Kansas City this morning. The clockwise flow of air around the high will keep our temperatures comfortable and humidity levels low.
Skies are starting mostly sunny this morning with some river valley fog across the Southern Tier. The fog should burn off by mid-morning and some fair weather clouds will form shortly thereafter.
The afternoon will be a mix of sun and clouds. A couple stray showers may bubble up, similar to yesterday. These will be most likely west of Cayuga Lake and across the Southern Tier.
Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s for most areas.
Thursday will be very similar, only temperatures will be a couple degrees warmer in the afternoon. A few places may reach 80 degrees and the chances for afternoon showers will be almost (but not quite) zero.
By Friday, the high pressure system will be overhead, bringing more sun and keeping temperatures near or just above 80 degrees.
Weekend Weather and Beyond
Warm air will build through the middle of the country on the backside of this high pressure. This weekend, the high will redevelop over the Southeastern United States, placing the Finger Lakes in a more southwesterly flow of air. Temperatures and humidity levels will respond accordingly as we tap into some of that heat.
Saturday will see more mid 80s and highs in the 70s should disappear. Humidity levels will inch up but the change will probably not be noticeable for most.
Sunday will be warmer yet with areas from Rochester to Syracuse flirting with 90 degrees. The rest of the region should settle into the mid and upper 80s for highs. The humidity will not be oppressive, but dewpoints will climb into the mid 60s, making it feel a touch muggy.
Monday should add a couple more degrees to the temperature and dewpoint.
Precipitation will be hard to come by this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday could have a few pop up afternoon showers or storms, but the chances look higher on Sunday. Most areas will not see rain, though.
A cold front will approach the area later Monday or Tuesday. A round or two of thunderstorms will be possible. The front should knock temperatures down a bit, but most of next week will still be in the 80s.
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