Temperatures warm as weekend stays sunny and dry

finger lakes weather forecast friday september 20 2019 sunny dry warm hot weekend
The weather will stay sunny and dry through the weekend with an increase in temperature as well. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Heating Up

The weather across the Finger Lakes will continue to be sunny and dry through the weekend, but temperatures will rise.

Friday is starting off just like the last several days. Clear skies have led to widespread temperatures in the 40s.

A large area of high pressure is located over the Mid-Atlantic and will drift southeast. As it does so, we will get caught up in a southwesterly flow of warmer air.

Temperatures this afternoon will only be a bit warmer than in recent days. Most areas should top out in the mid 70s, though some upper 70s will be possible near Rochester.

There will be a few more clouds today, mostly thin clouds high in the atmosphere.

Saturday morning will not be as chilly. Look for lows ranging through the 50s with a few upper 40s across the Southern Tier.

Southwest winds will continue to push warmer air in. With plenty of sunshine, look for highs Saturday to be near or just above 80 degrees. Typically cooler higher elevations will stick in the upper 70s.

Sunday will have some occasional clouds to go with the sunshine, but the wind will increase, still from the southwest. Top gusts could approach 25 mph.

Morning lows Sunday should be in the 60s with afternoon highs in the low and mid 80s. Sunday night will remain warm with overnight temperatures between 65-70 degrees.

Any Rain Next Week?

The weather next week looks a bit more active, but do not expect a washout of a week.

A cold front will move into the area on Monday. Scattered showers will move in with the front.

However, the recent trend has been for lower amounts of rainfall. The front will not have much moisture to work with, despite a rather significant drop in temperature from Sunday to Tuesday.  Most areas should see well under a quarter-inch of precipitation.

Some gusty winds will also be possible ahead of the front. Areas west of Seneca Lake seem most prone to gusts to or above 40 mph.

Behind the front, a stray shower or two may be possible Tuesday morning. The afternoon should turn out sunnier. A west-northwest wind will gust as high as 30 mph as cool air rushes in. Look for highs Tuesday in the mid and upper 60s.

Temperatures will bounce right back up on Wednesday as winds turn back to the south ahead of another small weather system. Highs Wednesday should be back into the 70s while Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all have a shot at 80 degrees.

A few showers may move in later next week, but significant or meaningful precipitation looks unlikely.

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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.