Memorial Day Weekend warm and dry…for the most part

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Clouds will mix with sunshine on Friday before rain moves in tonight. The rest of the Memorial Day Weekend looks mostly dry and warm. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Rain Chances Peak Tonight

The Finger Lakes region is off to another bright, sunny start this morning.

However, a weak area of low pressure over the Mid-Atlantic should throw some moisture our way today. Increasing clouds and some nighttime rain will result.

The clouds should develop this morning and skies may turn overcast for several hours. Skies will be more mixed this afternoon, before clouding up tonight.

The further north you are, the less the time spent in cloudy conditions.

High temperatures today will reach into the mid 70s despite any cloudiness.

Rain showers will move in from the south late this afternoon and into the evening. The rain will stick around through the nighttime hours before slowly pulling back to the south Saturday morning.

Overnight temperatures will stay above 50 degrees thanks to the clouds and rain.

As the rain ends Saturday morning, sunshine will again increase, pushing highs back into the mid 70s.

Sunday is looking dry, though the far western reaches of the region have a small chance for a brief afternoon shower. Those rain chances, small though they may be, will move east for Memorial Day. Most areas should remain dry.

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High temperatures Sunday should also be in the mid 70s while Monday may be a couple degrees cooler.

Winds will remain very light through Sunday, but will pick up a bit from the south for Monday with gusts of 20-30 mph.

Taste of Summer

Generally dry conditions will continue through most of next week, though there will be small chances for isolated showers or storms.

Tuesday looks like one day where a few showers or storms could be triggered. If this happens, the rain should be very isolated.

Wednesday and Thursday at this point both look dry with mixed skies. This could still change, however, as computer models have a very difficult time pinpointing small disturbances in the atmosphere that far in advance.

With temperatures probably pushing into the 80s by this time and humidity levels rising as well, any small disturbances will have a chance to touch off some scattered afternoon showers or storms.

A better chance for rain and thunder will come toward the end of next week as a strong cold front moves through the region.

Behind this front, there will be a couple days of cooler air with highs in the 60s before slowly trending warmer again.

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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.