Weekend Weather Forecast: Warmer with a couple showers or storms

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High pressure will continue to dominate our weather with sunshine and warm temperatures. The chances for a few showers and storms will continue during the afternoons. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Finger Lakes Weekend Weather

High pressure will continue to dominate the weather pattern for the Finger Lakes through the weekend.

This high pressure system has tracked from the central Plains to a position directly overhead for Friday. This weekend, the high will redevelop to the south, opening us back up to some heat and humidity for early next week.

The pattern of sunny mornings, afternoon fair weather clouds, and a few showers will also continue this weekend with some time periods having a better chance for rain than others.

Friday will not have much of a chance for rain. A couple isolated showers may pop up this afternoon, especially south of Lake Ontario or west of Seneca Lake. These will be very few and far between, so most areas should not expect rain today.

Temperatures will add a couple degrees onto yesterday’s highs, placing most areas within a few degrees on either side of 80.

Clear skies tonight will get Saturday off to another sunny start. The chances for scattered afternoon showers looks a bit higher than today. Furthermore, any showers that do develop will not sit in the same areas as they have much of the week. Therefore, more areas may get rain tomorrow as the small cells travel across the region.

High temperatures Saturday will be in the low and mid 80s for all but a few of the higher elevations, which will settle in the upper 70s.

Sunday will also reach the low and mid 80s for most areas. It could get warmer, but a more organized threat for showers and storms may swing through during the afternoon, keeping temperatures capped. Still, it seems unlikely that all areas will see rain. Those that do should just have a brief shower or storm.

Next Week Preview

The main weather maker next week will be a cold front. This front is expected sometime late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Before the front arrives, temperatures will continue to warm. High temperatures both Monday and Tuesday (if the front is delayed) should approach 90 degrees for much of the region.

Dewpoints will climb into the mid and upper 60s to possibly near 70 degrees. This will make it feel rather muggy.

Both days will have a chance for some scattered showers and storms. Like much of the past week, these will be isolated and many areas will not receive any rain.

Whenever the front does come through, scattered showers and storms are likely. It is far too early to say how widespread, strong, or heavy the storms will be.

The end of next week looks quiet with temperatures returning to the upper half of the 70s.

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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.