Dry and cooler through the weekend

finger lakes weather forecast friday june 12 2020
Sunshine and dry weather will continue for the foreseeable future as temperatures bottom out Saturday, then slowly climb. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

High Pressure in Control

A large area of high pressure will keep our weather dry and cool through the weekend before warmer temperatures slowly return next week.

Temperatures today will continue to slide back in the wake of Thursday morning’s cold front. A second, subtle cold front today will further reinforce the cool air.

As this front slides through, a few more clouds will be possible. A brief shower cannot be totally ruled out, but most areas will stay dry.

Temperatures will top out near or just above 70 degrees today. As skies clear again this evening, temperatures will quickly drop. Morning lows Saturday will range through the 40s.

There may be more in the way of clouds for a time Saturday morning, but sunshine will eventually win out once again. No rain is expected Saturday.

High temperatures will reach the minimum for this air mass with Saturday’s temperatures struggling to get much beyond 60 degrees. Saturday night will be even colder, with many areas below 45 degrees and a few pockets of 30s possible across the Southern Tier and into Central New York.

Sunday will be mostly sunny with a few patches of clouds here and there. Temperatures will start to rebound with highs reaching the mid and upper 60s.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast friday june 12 2020
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Next Week’s Weather

Temperatures will continue to increase next week as high pressure moves to the east.

Monday will see temperatures return to the low and mid 70s while Tuesday reaches the mid and upper 70s.

Many areas should see 80s by Wednesday, with 85 degrees or more a possibility for Thursday and Friday.

Throughout this time, skies will remain sunny and rain will be scarce. The first real chance for any showers will not come until the end of the week, but even that may be optimistic.

This will continue to further our recent-rainfall deficit. For areas north of about Route 20 and west of Seneca Lake, the year-to-date precipitation amounts will also fall further behind, but areas to the south and east have thus far been above average in precipitation on the year.

I would not be surprised to see the weekly drought report start showing our area in Level 1- Abnormally Dry soon the pattern does not turn rainier.

Long range precipitation forecasts are among the lowest in reliability, but the Climate Prediction Center does have our area in a slight chance for above-normal precipitation in the period between June 19-25.

Only time will tell if that turns out to be the case.

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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.